YRC Freight, a part of YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW: Quote), said Friday it voluntarily settled two class action lawsuits alleging racial discrimination and harassment at its Chicago Ridge, Illinois terminal, which closed in 2009. The company did not divulge the financial consideration involved in the settlement.
The lawsuits were brought by a small group of former Chicago Ridge employees and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The allegations date back to 2005, and were vigorously disputed by the company.
The settlements, which require court approval, do not constitute an admission of liability or wrongdoing by the company or any of its employees, the company said.
YRC Freight said it amicably settled the cases to bring the lawsuits to an end and to avoid further legal costs.
"We take any claim of harassment or discrimination very seriously," said Kelly Walls, senior vice president of Human Resources for YRC Freight.
"There may be isolated instances of improper conduct in any workplace, but the allegations in these cases did not reflect the real working environment at Chicago Ridge."
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