Appeals court: Lufkin Industries employees should receive multi-million-dollar payout
Lufkin, TX — A federal appeals court ruled former Lufkin Industries employees should receive their multi-million-dollar payout from a Title VII class-action suit for employment discrimination.
The Fifth Circuit United States Court of Appeals filed its ruling Monday, awarding the judgment and injunctive relief to the plaintiffs.
However, there have been challenges made by both parties to the district court’s attorneys’ fee award.
This could be the final dispute after years of intensive litigation.
The class-action suit was originally filed by two men in 1997 alleging racial discrimination from the company’s hiring practices and workplace behaviors.
The lawsuit alleged the workers were not only placed in low-end jobs in the company’s foundry division, but also denied opportunities for additional training and routinely skipped over for promotions. White workers were given more desirable jobs in the company’s power transmission division, and were also groomed for advancement into managerial positions, the lawsuit alleged.
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