LA settles Tennie Pierce “dog food” discrimination lawsuit

KFI 640 is reporting that a settlement has been reached in the Tennie Pierce discrimination lawsuit:

KFI NEWS has learned the Los Angeles City Council is close to settling a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a firefighter who said he was fed dog food — just days before the case was set to go to a jury trial.

The terms of the deal were still being worked out, City Hall sources confirmed Friday, but the amount of the settlement was said to be, “significantly less,” than a $2.7 million settlement offer vetoed earlier this year by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Some council members met in closed session with the City Attorneys office to consider the latest offer from Pierce’s lawyers, but no formal decision was made, according to officials.

“I believe this matter needs to go to court,” said Councilman Dennis Zine, who was away from City Hall and didn’t attend the private meeting today. “This matter needs to be aired out, witnesses need to come forward,” Zine said, adding he’ll oppose any payout to Pierce.

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