City, police union settle age discrimination lawsuit

Officers paid $75,000, city doesn't admit liability


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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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