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Hoboken Racial Discrimination Payouts

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Hoboken, New Jersey (My9NJ) - As of Thursday, Hoboken paid out over a million dollars in damages to former Public Safety Director, Angel Alicea.

Alicea claimed he was discriminated against by the City and Mayor Dawn Zimmer for being Hispanic. He argued that because of his race, his salary of $27,000 a year was low-balled for that position.

Now, Alicea is saying that he chose to resign from his position himself back in 2011 after the mayor said she caught him in a lie. Alicea believes Zimmer tried to ruin his reputation and eventually pushed him out of his job.

In this case, Mayor Zimmer was found not guilty of discrimination against Alicea, but the city was still responsible for a mega-payout in damages.

In fact, the case involving Alicea is not the only racial discrimination payout Hoboken has made in the last year. African-American police officer William James claimed he was discriminated against and passed up for a promotion because of his race.

Court documents show James alleged he saw “images of police personnel wearing what are obviously Ku Klux Klan hats made out of napkins”.

In May, James took a $99,000 payout and the charges against the individuals he accused of discrimination were dismissed.

Attorney Louie Zayas represented both Mr. Alicea and Mr. James in their racial discrimination suits against Hoboken. He said in the case of Mr. Alicea, Hoboken was liable because of Mayor Zimmer. He explained that the jury saw that racial discrimination can be shown through circumstantial evidence. He believed the mayor showed discrimination by surrounding herself almost exclusively with white employees and public safety officials.

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