Oakland to settle ex-deputy city attorney’s racial bias suit
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California city has agreed to pay $295,000 to settle a former deputy city attorney’s racial discrimination lawsuit.
The Oakland City Council is expected to approve the payment to 58-year-old Charles Vose Tuesday. Vose is white and argued that he was passed over for promotions that went to younger, minority candidates. Vose said several supervisory jobs went to friends of City Attorney Barbara Parker, Oakland’s first black city attorney and only black woman elected to a citywide seat.
Vose, a 26-year veteran of the office, said managers retaliated when he complained.
Parker denied the allegations but advised the Oakland City Council to settle the lawsuit. The council voted in closed session last month to approve the payment and is expected to formally approve the settlement Tuesday.