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Ford Settles EEOC Race Bias Class Action For $1.6M

Law360 (January 2, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a race discrimination action brought by the U.S. employment agency on behalf of hundreds of aspiring apprentices across the country.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the settlement would resolve the claims of nearly 700 African Americans who failed an aptitude test to work with the car maker and affiliated companies under a skilled-trade apprenticeship program.

The EEOC alleged that the test — which was developed and administered by Ford, Visteon and Automotive Components Holdings...
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