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EEOC Announces Approval of $6.2 Million Settlement

Published by on January 15, 2008

The EEOC announced the approval of a settlement by a federal judge of a discrimination case in New York against a union.  The case involved allegations of underpayment of minority workers based on race and national origin. According to the EEOC, “The EEOC and the State and City of New York, along with the Lawyers’ […]

The EEOC announced the approval of a settlement by a federal judge of a discrimination case in New York against a union.  The case involved allegations of underpayment of minority workers based on race and national origin.

According to the EEOC,

“The EEOC and the State and City of New York, along with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, DC and the New York law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP representing the minority members, had sued Local 28 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association in New York City (Local 28) for underpaying the workers because of their race or national origin for many years. The EEOC says this practice has been worsening in recent years. Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits race and national origin discrimination by labor organizations. The partial settlement was reached through intense negotiations between the plaintiffs and Local 28.

Judge Robert L. Carter of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted final approval of the settlement, which would compensate minority members of Local 28 for lost wages for the years 1984 to 1991. The parties have also agreed to significant changes in the union’s job referral system as well as monitoring systems aimed at equalizing members’ access to job opportunities. Litigation of the remaining claims of union members who suffered discrimination after 1991 continues, as do settlement negotiations, in an effort to obtain a prompt and fair resolution of those remaining claims.”

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