Allegheny County settles discrimination lawsuit

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Allegheny County has settled, for $80,000, a lawsuit by a Duquesne man who claimed that the jail refused to rehire him based on race. A county spokeswoman confirmed the settlement terms today.

William Grimes, who is African-American, was fired by the county in 2004 for "unsatisfactory conduct" after he asked a female acquaintance, "Does size count?"

He sought to be rehired in 2008, but was denied employment because of that conduct, according to the complaint, which contended that white employees who committed more serious misconduct did not face serious repercussions.

The settlement does not include any provision for Mr. Grimes returning to county employment.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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