DELL SETTLES SEXUAL-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT FOR $9.1Mil.

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DELL SETTLES SEXUAL-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT FOR $9.1Mil.

 user 2009-07-30 at 11:01:57 am Views: 64
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    http://www.pcworld.com/article/169046/dell_settles_discrimination_suit_for_91_million.html
    Dell Settles Discrimination Suit for $9.1 Million
    Dell
    will pay US$9.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in which
    former employees accused the company of sex discrimination, the
    computer maker said Friday.Of the total, $4.5 million will be paid out
    to the plaintiffs and $1.1 million will pay their lawyers and other
    legal costs. The other $3.5 million will go into a fund for base pay
    adjustments for current female employees who were part of the suit,
    subject to an equity review and salary analysis, Dell said.

    Under
    terms of the settlement, Dell admitted no wrongdoing and the parties
    have agreed to dismiss any pending legal actions, according to a joint
    statement from Dell and the plaintiffs.The case was filed in October by
    former employee Jill Hubley in the U.S. District Court for the Western
    District of Texas. It accused Dell of “systemic company-wide
    discriminatory treatment of its female employees,” according to court
    documents. Another employee, Laura Guenther, joined the case as a
    plaintiff.

    Hubley was a senior strategist in the learning and
    development division of human resources between June 2005 and September
    2007. She alleged that Dell engaged in gender discrimination over
    salaries, career opportunities and promotions.Hubley sought
    class-action status to cover women who became Dell employees worldwide
    after Feb. 1, 2003. She sought punitive damages as well as back-pay,
    front-pay and related benefits for members of the class.”We’re pleased
    to have settled the issue,” David Frink, a Dell spokesman, said via
    e-mail. “Settling the issue enables Dell to continue to build on strong
    diversity and equal-opportunity foundation and programs.”Last year Dell
    was recognized in Diversity’s 25 Noteworthy Companies list and Working
    Mother’s 100 Best Companies list, he said.