NYC Union To Pay Estimated $12.7M In EEOC Race Bias Suit

By Matthew Bultman (April 3, 2015, 1:27 PM EDT) -- A union for sheet metal workers in New York City has agreed to pay an estimated $12.7 million to partially settle 44-year-old claims it discriminated against black and Hispanic members, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Thursday.

The settlement, which requires federal court approval, covers nearly 400 members of the Local 28 of the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association who claimed wage-and-hour disparities over a 15-year period beginning in April 1991.

Under the deal, Local 28 will initially pay more than $4 million in damages to a backpay fund for journeypersons who were harmed by violations of the Civil Rights...

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