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Four Black female firefighters sue D.C., alleging race and gender discrimination

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(Washington, DC) -- A ten-million-dollar lawsuit has been slapped against D.C. Fire and EMS. The suit has been filed on behalf of four Black female firefighters and is seeking damages alleging race and gender discrimination.

The suit was filed by civil rights attorney Pam Keith on behalf of Jadonna Sanders, Shalonda Smith, Takeva Thomas and Bolatito Ajose and seeks compensatory damages for emotional and mental distress allegedly caused by D.C. Fire and EMS.

In their suit, the Black firefighters claim they were subjected to harsher standards and disciplinary actions than their white colleagues.

The four firefighters are seeking a jury trial in their case.