N.J. FF, city settle discrimination lawsuit for $275K

Chris Williams said that he was passed over for a promotion and was subjected to racist comments on the job


By Leila Merrill

VINELAND, N.J. – A firefighter who sued the city and its fire chief over allegedly racist comments and being denied promotions settled the lawsuit for $275,000, the Daily Journal reported.

The city council approved the agreement on April 12.

Chris Williams said that he was passed over for a promotion and that the Vineland Fire Department chief said racist things. The city has denied his allegations in its legal filings.
Chris Williams said that he was passed over for a promotion and that the Vineland Fire Department chief said racist things. The city has denied his allegations in its legal filings. (Photo/Vineland Fire Company 5)

Firefighter Chris Williams, who is Black, said he was passed over for a promotion to lieutenant and that a less qualified white firefighter got the position.

Williams also claimed that Vineland Fire Department Chief Luigi Tramontana said racist things such as that the chief role came with a “Black driver.”

The city has denied the allegations in its legal filings.

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