A major electronic retail store agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the largest U.S. electronics retailer of job discrimination and agreeing to pay a total of $200,000 to the nine named plaintiffs and $10 million for legal fees and court costs.The lawsuit was filed in District Court in by eight current and former employees and one job applicant. The plaintiffs accused the retailer of infractions such as denying desirable job assignments and promotions and transfers to African-American, Latino and female employees.As an experienced trial attorneyI have reviewed many cases of workplace discrimination and have completed same with favorable results.
The retail company agreed to a four-year consent decree, during which it would implement comprehensive affirmative relief addressing the hiring, assignment, promotion and exempt compensation claims.The lawsuit also agreed to place someone in the position to oversee the implementation of processes designed to improve diversity in management and to post its non-discrimination, anti-harassment and anti-retaliation policies on an internal company website.The terms provide extensive relief that will advance the goal of equal employment opportunity for African Americans, Latinos, and women at the major electronic retailer.The case is a classic civil rights case to change company policies and practices and to improve the way a company operates.
The Judge is expected to consider preliminary approval of the accord court papers show.
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule whether a gender bias lawsuit against a major retailer may continue to proceed as a class action, on behalf of a group believed to exceed 1.5 million current and former female workers.The imminent major retailer gender bias ruling may have affected the timing of the settlement in this case.
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