LAUREL — A federal judge has given final approval to a settlement by Howard Industries, a Laurel-based electric transformer company, to pay $1.3 million and hire at least 70 workers to end a class action lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed by four black women who accused the company of discrimination for allegedly hiring only Hispanic workers.
U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed the order, finding the settlement fair, reasonable and adequate.
Court records show Howard Industries will pay $1.3 million into a settlement fund to be paid to possibly as many as 5,000 non-Hispanic individuals who applied for jobs at the company between March 2003 and Aug. 28, 2008.
Also, within nine months after the settlement, the company will hire at least 70 of the individuals who had applied for jobs.