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Federal judge approves race discrimination settlement with Walgreen's

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By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – A federal judge has approved a $24 million settlement of two race discrimination suits against the Walgreen drugstore chain.

A year ago, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Walgreen on behalf of thousands of African-American workers.

The EEOC said the company discriminated against blacks in hiring and assignment decisions by putting many in low-performing stores and those in predominantly black neighborhoods.

As part of the settlement approved Tuesday in East St. Louis, about 10,000 current and former African-American Walgreen workers will split $20 million. The plaintiffs whose names are in the lawsuit will get about $300,000 each.

The company does not admit any wrongdoing, but Walgreen will also have to hire outside consultants to review its employment practices.

The consent decree also settles an earlier class action suit.

A company spokeswoman said Walgreen does not tolerate discrimination.

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