In another unusual move, the settlement requires Abercrombie to stop focusing on predominantly white fraternities and sororities in its recruitment. Many Abercrombie workers have said that company employees were often told to go to college campuses and to urge good-looking fraternity and sorority members to apply for jobs.
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When Abercrombie was sued in June , several Hispanic, black and Asian plaintiffs complained that when they applied for jobs, they were steered not to sales positions out front, but to low-visibility, back-of-the-store jobs, stocking and cleaning up. It sends a message to young people that we're moving past this kind of thing.
Bill Lann Lee, the plaintiffs' lead lawyer and former director of the Justice Department's civil rights division, said Abercrombie had refused to hire many minority students who had impressive work and school records. He added that the percentages of minority and women managers at Abercrombie were far below industry averages.
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Lee said. Abercrombie, which did not admit guilt, agreed to hire a monitor, to provide diversity training to all managers who do hiring and to revise performance evaluations for managers, making progress in diversity goals a factor in bonuses and compensation. In a statement, Mike Jeffries, Abercrombie's chairman, said: "We have, and always have had, no tolerance for discrimination.
We decided to settle this suit because we felt that a long, drawn-out dispute would have been harmful to the company and distracting to management. Several industry analysts said the settlement would help Abercrombie's marketing. You can walk onto any Ivy League campus and there's a lot more going on than Waspy-looking guys and girls.
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The lawsuit characterized NY1 management as having made recent programming decisions that strongly favored younger female and male talent at the expense of older, more experienced women. It requested an injunction to prevent "further unlawful conduct," an order forcing NY1 to put the women "in the positions they would have occupied" if not for "discriminatory and retaliatory treatment," and compensation for "mental anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, stress and anxiety, emotional pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
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The lawsuit was filed by Roma Torre, 61, who was the first on-air talent hired by NY1 and one of the station's most recognizable faces. The five women collectively have more than years of experience at NY1. First row: Amanda Farinacci and Vivian Lee.
Wigdor, a prominent attorney who successfully sued Fox News in part on issues relating to gender, added that he will work to "hold NY1 accountable" for what he alleged were "blatant ageist and sexist views. Maureen Huff, a spokesperson for Charter, which owns NY1, said in a statement that the company takes the allegations seriously and that it has "not found any merit to them" as it works to complete a "thorough review.