New York City settles U.S. lawsuit over police pension benefits

NEW YORK, June 17 Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:44pm EDT

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NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - New York City has settled a lawsuit in which the federal government accused it of improperly reducing retirement benefits for current and former police officers who served in the military after Sept. 11, 2001.

The settlement announced by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan calls for pension benefits to be calculated in accordance with a 1994 federal law designed to protect the rights of civilian employees who are called to active duty.

The settlement requires court approval.

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