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City settles sex-bias suit with public school security guards

The de Blasio administration agreed Tuesday to settle a sex-discrimination lawsuit by the city's public school security guards. The suit claimed that the mostly female force -- officially "school safety agents" -- is paid less than mostly male counterparts who protect facilities like hospitals. The deal calls for payouts of about $7,000 per eligible worker.

Teamsters Local 237, the union representing the 5,000 or so guards, also struck a 71/2-year labor deal with the city that calls for 10 percent raises. The union also represents about 3,000 others, including photographers and stockworkers. The deal cost about $145 million, offset by promised health care savings.

"Now I'm able to put food on my table," said Kangela Moore, an agent for more than 22 years.

Mayor Bill de Blasio's predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, had fought the suit.

On Tuesday, a group of the guards stood outside the school where de Blasio was to speak. One of the guards was arguing that the deal fell short. A union official in turn scolded her that the settlement was the best they could hope for.

"Don't be a child!" he yelled.

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