Paterson Settles Discrimination Suit for $300K

Then-state senator accused of firing white photog to hire black
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2009 12:44 PM CDT
New York has settled a case in which Gov. David Paterson was accused of reverse discrimination.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – New York Gov. David Paterson won’t have his day in court after all. The state has settled a case brought by a former photographer for the state senate who accused Paterson, then the minority leader, of reverse discrimination, the Post reports. Joseph Maioriello originally sought $1.5 million in a case that was to go to court Monday. He will receive $300,000.

Maioriello, who filed the federal suit in 2005, said a Paterson aide told him he was being fired because several minority senators wanted him replaced with “a black photographer.” But in a sworn deposition, Paterson, who is legally blind, said he couldn’t see Maioriello, 56, well enough to determine his race—a comment Paterson’s spokesman later called “a quip, a joke.”