Wal-Mart, Drivers Settle Race Bias Suit For $17.5M

Law360 (February 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will fork out $17.5 million to settle a class action alleging the retail giant discriminated against black candidates when recruiting truck drivers.

Under the settlement, which is subject to court approval, Wal-Mart's logistics division has agreed to provide priority job placements to 23 class members who submitted claims for compensation.

The company has also promised to notify all interested class members about future job opportunities, set hiring benchmarks to ensure that the diversity of new hires is proportionate to the racial composition of applicants, hire a diversity recruiter, and improve recruitment efforts and advertising targeted to blacks....

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