BMW Agrees to Pay $1.6 Million in Racial Discrimination Suit

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

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday that BMW Manufacturing Co., in Greer had agreed to settle the suit the agency filed 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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