XEROX SETTLES RACE DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

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XEROX SETTLES RACE DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

 user 2008-04-16 at 2:38:28 pm Views: 64
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    Xerox settles race discrimination lawsuit
    Apr , 2008  — Electronic office equipment company Xerox has settled a class action lawsuit filed against it in May 2001 by current and former African-American sales representatives.The suit alleged race discrimination with respect to sales territory assignments, quotas, and compensation. US District Judge John Gleeson gave preliminary approval to the proposed settlement. The company will pay $12m as part of the settlement, and has also agreed to establish a task force comprising diverse group of its employees to ensure African-American sales representatives are compensated in a non-discriminatory manner by, among other things, assessing the territory assignment process.The lawsuit indicated the plaintiffs were located at less profitable territories compared to white co-workers, or assigned to territories based on their race. They also complained they were passed over for lucrative territories, promotions, and were denied commissions they had earned.The company denied that it engaged in any policy or practice of unlawful discrimination or retaliation, or any other unlawful conduct, but opted to settle the lawsuit in the best interest of its shareholders and employees.Racial discrimination allegations dominate the complaints received by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2006, 27,238 charges were filed with the EEOC alleging race-based discrimination.