According to a report from KTRE-TV in Texas, a well-known company based in the state is settling a class-action lawsuit filed against it for alleged racial discrimination nearly 16 years ago.
The lawsuit, with 13 lead plaintiffs, claims the company failed to treat them properly because of their race, and was first filed in 1995.
One plaintiff alleges he was on the verge of being promoted to senior management. However, his advancement was halted, and he was demoted after working with the company for 36 years. Numerous court decisions have determined his skin color to be a factor for this occurrence.
As a result of the settlement, the company must issue $5.5 million to more than a thousand of the company's former African American employees in back pay. Lawyers for the plaintiffs feel the amount is still well below what the ex-workers are owed. However, they have still taken solace in the victory.
"What we expect to receive, it will certainly not pay for the discrimination we suffered," one plaintiff explained.
The case highlights the importance of companies avoiding even the appearance of discrimination against employees at all times. Failing to implement and practice civil actions can lead to similar lawsuits such as this case, citing professional liability.