May 3, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:17 pm

Black New London fireman offered his job back

New London officials have offered the city's first black firefighter recruit in 34 years his job back, citing new information that arose after they fired him in December citing poor performance at the Connecticut Fire Academy, The Associated Press reports.

Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio told The Day of New London on Wednesday that the city also offered Alfred Mayo back pay and attorney fees. Mayo says he'll accept the offer.

The city fired Mayo shortly before he was to graduate from the academy, after an instructor said Mayo had a bad attitude and wasn't performing well. Mayo actually received high test scores and alleged racial discrimination.

A state investigation found problems at the academy including possibly untrue allegations about Mayo's conduct. Finizio says Mayo was offered his job back because of the report.

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