Nike Settles Racial Bias Suit
STEVE INSKEEP, Host:
NPR business starts with Nike's $7.6 million pay-up.
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INSKEEP: That's how much Nike says it will pay to settle a race discrimination lawsuit. It was filed on behalf of 400 black employees four years ago. The employees claim that managers at the Nike town store in Chicago used racial slurs and segregated black workers in the lower paying jobs like stock room workers and cashiers. Nike denies these allegations, but agree to pay the employees a total of 7.6 million. The company also agreed to review its hiring practices and create a mentoring program for black employees.
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