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Greensboro mulls settlement in race discrimination lawsuit

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The city of Greensboro is considering an offer to settle a racial discrimi­­na­­tion lawsuit filed by longtime athletic director Jean Jackson. Jackson, who is black, claims the city regularly promotes white employees to management jobs without openly advertising the positions.

Jackson, who has worked for the city since 1996, claims the practice has excluded her from consideration because of her race.

The case has gone to trial, but a settlement offer of $25,000 is on the table. The city council now must either approve the offer or take its chances on a jury’s verdict.

Advice: Make sure your hiring and promotion procedures are transparent. The appearance of favoritism can undermine employee morale and affect retention. Just as bad, it costs a fortune to defend the litigation that inevitably results from inconsistent policies.

Post all openings for which current employees are eligible. Clearly spell out the job requirements, duties and how the hiring or promotion process works.

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