Fired A.C. fireman getting $199,000

March 27, 2008 6:40:46 AM PDT
Atlantic City is paying nearly $200,000 to a former fire captain it fired for allegedly making racist threats against a multiracial co-worker.

Former firefighter Ricky Williams sued the city in 2005 after claiming Capt. Edmund Mawhinney draped a pillowcase over his head and threatened to burn down Williams' house in 2003.

Mawhinney sued for wrongful termination. In a December settlement, he agreed to accept $199,148.44 in back pay in return for immediately retiring from the Fire Department. He denies making the threats or wearing a hood.

Earlier this month, the City Council refused to pay the settlement. The city's legal staff warned the city could lose a lot more if the case went to trial.

Information from: The Press of Atlantic City,