Edited by Thane Peterson
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached a $81.5 million preliminary deal on Jan. 24 to settle its gender discrimination case against Publix Super Markets. The agreement will rank as one of the largest the agency has obtained in sex-bias litigation.
The case against Publix, brought by both the EEOC and private plaintiffs, had alleged that Publix, one of the biggest employers in the South, had discriminated against female employees in promotions, training, work hours, performance evaluations, compensation, career development, and job assignment. The $81.5 million includes back pay, attorneys' fees, and other remedial measure the company will undertake to change its practices.
Also, in a separate pending investigation against Publix, the EEOC reached a preliminary agreement in principle to get $3.5 million from the company for both racial and gender discrimination.
By Cathy Yang in Washington
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