By  on March 3, 2010

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay close to $12 million to settle a lawsuit that accused it of systematically denying jobs to women at a Kentucky distribution center.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the class action suit in 2001 in U.S. District Court in London, Ky. The federal agency alleged that between 1998 and 2005, the retailer hired male applicants for entry-level jobs at its warehouse there while ignoring equally qualified female candidates. According to the EEOC, Wal-Mart officials told interviewees that such order-filling positions were not suitable for women, a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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