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Alliant to settle race bias claim with payment of $100,000

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:58 PM

A federal agency said defense contractor Alliant Techsystems Inc. will pay $100,000 to settle allegations of racial discrimination at one of its Minnesota facilities.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it has reached a settlement with Alliant, which is based in Virginia but has significant operations in Minnesota.

The EEOC says a black woman applied for a technical support position at Alliant's Eden Prairie location. The agency says a recruiter initially told her she'd gotten the job, but that she was later rejected in favor of a white man.

EEOC attorney John Hendrickson said Tuesday it was clear that Alliant rejected her because of her skin color, not because of her skills.

A message left at Alliant's Arlington, Va., headquarters was not immediately returned.

As part of the settlement, Alliant must train its entire staff on discrimination laws.

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