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BMW Agrees to Pay $1.6 Million in Racial Discrimination Suit

This Feb. 14, 2013 file photo shows the BMW logo at the Pittsburgh Auto Show, in Pittsburgh. BMW placed tenth on Consumer Reports magazine's list of top auto brands, released Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
This Feb. 14, 2013 file photo shows the BMW logo at the Pittsburgh Auto Show, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — BMW has agreed to pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities for dozens of former black employees who said they were victims of racial discrimination.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday that BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer has agreed to settle the lawsuit, filed by the federal agency in 2013.

The case involved employees working for a contractor that staffed a BMW warehouse. The contractor’s policy was not to employ anyone with a criminal record within the past seven years. 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.

The commission said of the 88 workers fired, 70 were black and some had worked for the company for more than 10 years.

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