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Union to pay $800,000 for contempt of discrimination court orders

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Local 580 of the Ornamental Iron Workers, a construction trade union in New York City, will pay $800,000 to settle a contempt action by the EEOC for referring white members to jobs more frequently than blacks and Hispanics.

The U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, found that Local 580 failed to comply with prior court orders to stop racially discriminatory referrals of journeypersons; meet required apprentice-to-journeyperson ratios on job sites; and implement electronic record-keeping and reporting systems.

The settlement includes compensation for 45 workers, including nine who filed race-discrimination charges against Local 580. The settlement also will pay for an employee-assistance and training fund and provide tools for aspiring journeypersons. 

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