Western KY Mine Settles Discrimination Suit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WAVERLY, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky coal company has agreed to pay $245,000 to settle a lawsuit that alleged the company turned away African-American job applicants.

A statement from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says River View Coal will pay the settlement to a group of black applicants who looked for work at an underground mine in Union County.

The company was sued in 2011 by the EEOC after the parties failed to reach a pre-litigation settlement. The agency says the discrimination in hiring, which it dated back to 2008, violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The settlement also directs the mine in Waverly to report on its hiring for two years.

The mining company is a subsidiary of Tulsa, Okla.-based Alliance Resource Partners.

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