In Deep: Mining Companies Excavate From Title VII Sex Discrimination Suits in $4.25M Settlement

Mach Mining & affiliated coal companies will pay $4.25 million to settle a pair of sex discrimination lawsuits, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today.

The EEOC has accused the companies of hiring practices that effectively excluded women from working in the underground mines and in other coal production positions.

Besides the hefty monetary settlement, the companies agreed to hiring goals that are expected to result in at least 34 women being hired into coal production jobs in their mines that operate in Illinois.

The case achieved some procedural notoriety when the companies appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court the issue of the standard by which courts were to determine whether EEOC had met its obligation to try to resolve cases before bringing suit.

In April 2015, the high court ruled that limited review was available regarding the adequacy of the commission’s conciliation efforts.

Now nearly two years later the case has settled and the female victims achieve some justice.

Read more about the lawsuits and settlement here.


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