BROOKLINE (CBS) – Former Brookline firefighter Gerald Alston and the town Select Board have reached an $11 million settlement in a public legal battle that’s been ongoing since 2010. Town Meeting members will vote on the settlement next month.
Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said Alston was wrongfully fired after complaining of a racist work environment at the Brookline Fire Department.READ MORE: Climate Protesters Removed After Tying Themselves To Boat Outside Gov. Charlie Baker's House In Swampscott
“The agreement recognizes the harm done to Mr. Alston, starting with the racial slur left on his voicemail by a supervisor in 2010 and the response to that incident in the decade that followed,” the town Select Board said in a statement Tuesday night.READ MORE: Pfizer Submits Data On COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids 5-11 To FDA For Review
“This Select Board extends to Mr. Alston our sincere apologies for the Town’s mistakes, and our commitment to seriously address racist and other discriminatory behaviors. We appreciate Mr. Alston’s service to the Town.”
Town Meeting members will vote on the settlement at a Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, October 5. If funding is not authorized, all parties will return to court.MORE NEWS: 'It Was Shocking': American Flag Torn Down, Stolen From Pulaski Park In Boston
“The Select Board believes this settlement is the right thing to do for Mr. Alston and in the best interest of the Town of Brookline, and we urge all Town Meeting Members to support funding it,” the Select Board said.