The Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security settled a class-action lawsuit claiming black agents were passed over for promotion, paying out $24 million.
The lawsuit covered more than 100 agents who said less-qualified white agents routinely got the jobs instead.
The lawsuit was originally filed in 2000.
At long last...black Secret Service agencies will not be constrained by the glass ceiling that held back so many for so long.
DHS secretary Jeh Johnson said the resolution was "simply the right thing to do" and he was "pleased that we are finally able to put this chapter of Secret Service history behind us."
Lead plaintiff Ray Moore had applied for promotion 200 times, without success. He had trained several white agents who got those jobs instead, The Washington Post reported. Black agents also said they heard bosses use the n-word to describe people they were assigned to protect.
As a result of the lawsuit, the agency has agreed to change its promotion process considering multiple candidates for each position, and to set up a hotline to report bias.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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