A federal judge has refused to grant a new trial in a “reverse discrimination” suit against the Philadelphia School District in which a jury last year awarded more than $2.9 million to four white males who claimed they were fired by an African-American woman who had complained there were “too many white male managers in this department.”

But Chief U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III reduced each of the plaintiffs’ compensatory damages awards after finding that the jury was too generous in its calculations of the plaintiffs’ back pay.

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