African-American Special Agents of the FBI Announce Settlement of Class Action Suit

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Thelen Reid & Priest LLP

    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the African-American Special
 Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") announced the settlement
 of a class action began by the Black Agents in 1991.
     Although wide-spread claims of racial discrimination were brought by the
 black agents in 1991 and settled in the final days of the Administration of
 former President George H. W. Bush, the black agents had renewed these claims
 when the Clinton Administration failed to meet the timetables set forth under
 the original settlement.
     The new settlement, reached pursuant to a mediation between the black
 agents and the FBI ensures that the reforms put in place under former
 President Bush will be achieved and that a mechanism will exist to compensate
 black agents who have had their careers harmed by the delays.
     Under the Agreement, a timetable is established requiring the FBI to
 reform its selection system for its first and second level supervisors by
 2004.  Until this new system is in place, agents will have the opportunity to
 have certain types of claims heard by a neutral mediator.  The FBI Director
 will accept the mediator's decisions unless they lack substantial
 justification or are clearly erroneous.
     The lead attorney for the class, David J. Shaffer, stated, "I am pleased
 that the President and the new Administration are committed to resolving these
 serious issues at one of the nation's premier law enforcement agencies."
     Shaffer was lead counsel in a class action on behalf of the African
 American Agents of the ATF, and he is currently representing the Black Agents
 of the Secret Service in a class action against that agency filed during the
 Clinton Administration.  Shaffer was "optimistic" that the new Administration
 would ensure that "federal law enforcement agencies provide an example to the
 nation" by their own institutional reforms.
     Copies of the Agreement and further information are available by
 contacting David J. Shaffer.
 
     Counsel for Plaintiffs:
     David J. Shaffer & Ron Schmidt
 
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SOURCE Thelen Reid & Priest LLP
    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the African-American Special
 Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") announced the settlement
 of a class action began by the Black Agents in 1991.
     Although wide-spread claims of racial discrimination were brought by the
 black agents in 1991 and settled in the final days of the Administration of
 former President George H. W. Bush, the black agents had renewed these claims
 when the Clinton Administration failed to meet the timetables set forth under
 the original settlement.
     The new settlement, reached pursuant to a mediation between the black
 agents and the FBI ensures that the reforms put in place under former
 President Bush will be achieved and that a mechanism will exist to compensate
 black agents who have had their careers harmed by the delays.
     Under the Agreement, a timetable is established requiring the FBI to
 reform its selection system for its first and second level supervisors by
 2004.  Until this new system is in place, agents will have the opportunity to
 have certain types of claims heard by a neutral mediator.  The FBI Director
 will accept the mediator's decisions unless they lack substantial
 justification or are clearly erroneous.
     The lead attorney for the class, David J. Shaffer, stated, "I am pleased
 that the President and the new Administration are committed to resolving these
 serious issues at one of the nation's premier law enforcement agencies."
     Shaffer was lead counsel in a class action on behalf of the African
 American Agents of the ATF, and he is currently representing the Black Agents
 of the Secret Service in a class action against that agency filed during the
 Clinton Administration.  Shaffer was "optimistic" that the new Administration
 would ensure that "federal law enforcement agencies provide an example to the
 nation" by their own institutional reforms.
     Copies of the Agreement and further information are available by
 contacting David J. Shaffer.
 
     Counsel for Plaintiffs:
     David J. Shaffer & Ron Schmidt
 
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