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Bias suit settled

August 4, 2011

TUCSON, AZ — Five custodians from the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) could receive a significant sum from the proposed settlement of a discrimination lawsuit, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

If approved by a federal judge, the TUSD would be forced to pay a settlement of $45,000 and make changes to its anti-discrimination policies, the article stated.

According to the article, numerous female and Hispanic custodians employed by the district had lodged complaints against a white male coworker for nearly two years before the district took any action.

The justice department has alleged that the district violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they failed to provide relief to affected employees, the article noted.

"This lawsuit should send a clear message that the department will take necessary action to eliminate and remedy the effects of unlawful harassment in our public sector workplaces," said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general of the civil rights division.

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