ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Police Officers Association have settled an age discrimination lawsuit filed against them by 49 veteran police officers for $75,000.
The lawsuit, filed in 2013, claimed a policy in the Albuquerque Police Department’s collective bargaining agreement, preventing retired officers rehired onto the force, also known as PERA rehire officers, from getting promotions, systematically discriminated against veteran officers.
In a statement, city attorney Jessica Hernandez says the city “agreed to settle the case, without admitting any liability, in order to avoid the costs of litigation.”
Under the settlement agreement, each officer will get a little more than $1,500. The city says the policy at the center of the lawsuit would have to be changed through collective bargaining negotiations.
An attorney for the plaintiffs in the case, Trey Dayes, declined comment saying the terms of the settlement were confidential.