NJ Transit settles discrimination suit with police

    New Jersey Transit has agreed to pay 10 police officers $5.8 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit.

    The officers, all minorities, complained that their former chief addressed them with racial slurs and refused to shake hands with one during a promotion ceremony.

    Details of the settlement were announced Monday.

    The former chief, Joseph Bober, was ousted from the department in 2009 after a jury found he had retaliated against a female officer who complained of sexual discrimination. The jury awarded her $1.5 million.

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    The Star-Ledger reports all of the plaintiffs are veterans who remain with the agency.

    In a statement, NJ Transit said it has re-evaluated its policies and is committed to providing a fair and respectful work environment.

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