TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A man who was fired by the city of Tampa, Florida, for refusing to remove his Confederate flag license plate has settled a lawsuit against the city.

Larry Carpenter will receive 4,500 dollars. But Carpenter won’t get his job back as a traffic maintenance specialist.

However, his attorney says Carpenter feels "vindicated" that the courts have acknowledged his First Amendment right to display the Confederate flag.

Carpenter was fired in 2002 after he refused an order by the city’s Public Works Department to remove the flag or park his truck off city property.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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