Wal-Mart wasn’t wearing its smiley face when it agreed to pay a class of African-American truck driver applicants $17.5 million in a race discrimination suit.
The drivers alleged Wal-Mart failed to hire and promote black drivers in proportion to the number who applied.
The settlement’s terms require Wal-Mart to give priority job placements to 23 plaintiffs who initiated the suit, provide direct notice of future openings to all class members, and establish benchmarks for minority hiring. It must hire a diversity recruiter to improve the company’s outreach to the African-American community.
Despite agreeing to the settlement, the company admitted no wrongdoing and continues to deny that it engaged in any systemic pattern of discrimination.
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