Cal shares This AJC Article that says A racial discrimination suit in Fulton County's library system finally has been settled, costing county taxpayers $18 million.
The 4-year-old case has been resolved by county commissioners dropping all appeals in exchange for the plaintiffs agreeing to take payment over three years.
The librarians sued in 2000 after seven of them, who are white, said they were demoted and moved to outlying branches and one African-American employee was punished for speaking up against the transfers.
At the time of the allegations, county chief librarian Mary Kaye Hooker said the transfers resulted from a systemwide reorganization.
But public comments made by board members damaged the defendants' case, especially a recorded public remark by board member William McClure, that "there are too many old white women" in management positions at the downtown library.
McClure, who was board chairman then and is still a member, said the board needed "to get rid of them."