The Associated Press reports that BMW has agreed to pay $1.6 million in damages as settlement for a racial discrimination lawsuit that was filed against the company. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, dozens of African-American employees who were discriminated against because of criminal background checks, would be given job opportunities at the company’s plant in Greer, South Carolina where the lawsuit originated. When a new contractor took over the company, BMW ordered a new round of criminal background checks and fired anyone with a criminal record from any year. Of the 88 workers who were fired as a result of the new background checks, 70 were African-American, some of whom had been with the company for more than a decade.
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