$1.65M Settlement in Racial Bias Suit Against N.J. Trade Union, School, Reached, EEOC Announces

Justice delayed is justice denied, so the saying goes, but for African American and Hispanic journeymen and journeywomen denied assignments by a New Jersey trade union, justice has finally arrived.

Local 25 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and its associated apprenticeship school will pay $1.65 million to settle race discrimination claims filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on these journeypersons’ behalf, the agency announced today.

The settlement covers violations from April 1991 through December 2002.  Analysis of hours and wages showed African-American and Hispanic workers received fewer hours of work than their white co-workers for most of the 10-year period, the EEOC said. Prior court actions in the lawsuit resolved violations before April 1991.

The suit was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1971; the EEOC replaced DOJ as prosecuting counsel in 1974.

EEOC’s decades-old lawsuit continues to address allegations that Local 25, which is the trade union for sheet metal journeypersons in northern New Jersey, together with Local 25 Joint Apprenticeship Committee, discriminated against black and Hispanic journeypersons in hiring and assignments.

Read more about the settlement.

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