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Wal-Mart settles racism lawsuit for 17.5 million dollars

Wal-Mart Stores have paid USD 17.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit over alleged racial discrimination in the giant retailer’s hiring of truck drivers, the company said.

world Updated: Feb 21, 2009 22:46 IST

Wal-Mart Stores have paid USD 17.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit over alleged racial discrimination in the giant retailer’s hiring of truck drivers, the company said.

The suit was filed by Daryal Nelson and Tommy Armstrong who alleged that Wal-Mart, Inc and Wal-Mart Transportation LLC had “discriminated against African Americans on the basis of race in recruitment and hiring.”

The world’s biggest retailer decided to settle the litigation “in the best interest of our company, our shareholders and our associates,” said spokeswoman Daphne Moore in a statement released late on Friday.

“Encouraging diversity is an important part of the hiring process for all areas of our company,” she added.

“We are implementing improvements to our transportation division’s recruitment, selection and personnel systems and believe they will be an integral part of our commitment to diversity.”