*NEWS*XEROX SETTLES RACE DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

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*NEWS*XEROX SETTLES RACE DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

 user 2008-04-16 at 2:39:07 pm Views: 39
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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.