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Minnesota company settles EEOC race discrimination claim

A Minnesota company has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The suit was brought on behalf of a woman who applied for a position and, while she was initially told she had been hired, was ultimately rejected when the company hired a white male instead.

The Commission filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota after trying and failing to reach a pre-trial settlement. They alleged that the reasons given for failing to hire the woman were a pretext for racial discrimination.

In addition to the monetary settlement, the company has agreed to review its workplace policies to ensure that they comply with Title VII and relevant record-keeping laws. They will also be required to train their entire staff on discrimination and its prevention. Such measures are designed to prevent future discrimination from occurring.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits racial discrimination in a variety of areas, including employment. States also have their own laws governing discrimination claims, which are not handled by the EEOC.

EEOC litigation in Minnesota is overseen by the Commission's Chicago District Office, which also processes charges and administrative enforcement. The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws surrounding workplace discrimination and harassment.

If you believe you have been harassed, discriminated against or treated unfairly in the workplace on the basis of your race, national origin, age, sex or other protected characteristic, an EEOC claim may be an option. Consider speaking with an experienced employment law attorney who can guide you through relevant state and federal law to pursue the best option for you.

Source: Equities.com, "ATK to Pay $100,000 to settle EEOC Race Discrimination Case," Nov. 27, 2012

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