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Goodyear to pay $925,000 to settle gender bias suit

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Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will pay $925,000 to a class of more than 800 women whom it turned down for tire-making jobs in its Danville, Va., plant in 1998 and 1999.

The U.S. Labor Department, which filed the lawsuit, charged the company with using “a hiring process and selection procedures that discriminated against hundreds of female applicants.” As part of the settlement, Goodyear will hire up to 60 of the women who still are interested in the jobs if they meet the company’s amended hiring criteria.

The settlement applies only to the Danville plant. While Goodyear admitted no wrongdoing, it agreed to annual training on equal opportunity employment for its managers.  

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