EEOC Settles 45 year old Race Discrimination Case for 1.65 Million Against Sheet Metal Workers’ Union

The EEOC announced on April 13, 2016 that it reached a partial settlement of a race discrimination claims made against Local 25 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and its associated apprenticeship school.

The lawsuit was originally filed in 1971 in the Southern District of New York by the Department of Justice. The EEOC replaced the DOJ in 1974. The settlement resolves claims from April 1991 through December 2002. The District Court Judge approved the 1.65 million settlement that will provide payments the journeypersons impacted by the union’s discriminatory practices.

“EEOC is committed to ensuring equal opportunities throughout the construction trade,” said EEOC New York District Office district director Kevin Berry. “Through remedial agreements like the one in this case, we can rid this industry of such invidious race discrimination.

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