Four-hundred African American current and former employees claimed in the suit that the company:
- Segregated its black employees into its lower-level and lowest-paying jobs;
- Denied them equal opportunities for promotions and attractive positions;
- Applied workplace rules and meted out discipline in a racially-biased manner; and
- Routinely denied minorities employee benefits by predominantly hiring them into part-time rather than full-time positions.
The suit was originally filed in December 2003 and was granted class action in March 2006 by a federal court in Chicago, Business Insurance reported.
In addition to the $7.6 million, Nike also agreed to a court-appointed diversity consultant to monitor the firm and periodically report to the court, and to the appointment of a compliance officer at Nike’s headquarters.
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