By  on December 11, 2018

The Cato Corporation has reached a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday, resolving a long-standing discrimination case.

The North Carolina-based apparel and accessories company, one of Charlotte’s oldest retailers, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to former employees who alleged they were discriminated against them because of special needs like pregnancies or disabilities. The EEOC described the case as “a nationwide, systemic investigation” in a press release and said Cato agreed to update its reasonable accommodations policies as part of the resolution. 

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