INDIANAPOLIS — Wal-Mart Stores will pay $11.7 million in back wages and damages, and has agreed to provide relief including jobs, as part of a settlement of a lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced here Tuesday.
The suit alleged that Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart denied jobs to female applicants at its Loudon, Ky., warehouse between 1998 and 2005, while regularly giving jobs to less qualified males, the agency said.
Wal-Mart agreed to staff its next 50 order-filler jobs with women from a class as determined by a claims administrator. Wal-Mart also agreed to offer women every other job for the following 50 jobs. After that, every third position will be offered to a woman, the settlement said.
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