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CUNY peace officers claim racial pay gap, sue state

Say they earn less than SUNY officers

Posted 2/9/24

Five peace officers at the City University of New York have filed a class-action lawsuit against New York State alleging that peace officers who are people of color are paid substantially less than white officers in the state university system.

The lawsuit, filed late last month in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, argued that CUNY peace officers earned tens of thousands of dollars less than SUNY police officers despite having similar job duties. While about 89 percent of CUNY peace officers on the job in 2022 were people of color, 89 percent of SUNY police officers were white, according to the suit.

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