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Racial Harassment Alleged at St. Louis Area Fire District

By AP/KWMU

bridgeton, MO – The Justice Department is accusing a suburban St. Louis fire district of racial harassment.

The lawsuit from the federal government says the Pattonville-Bridgeton Fire District created a racially hostile work environment and drove out its only black firefighter.

Among the complaints is an accusation that a co-worker carved a racial slur into the black firefighter's car. The complaint also charges that white co-workers got different pay and benefits than the black firefighter.

Fire District Chief Steve Arnold said he could not comment on the lawsuit.

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