Menards ends discrimination claim for $1 million

Associated Press 4:55 a.m. CST, February 7, 2012

The Menards home improvement chain has agreed to settle a race discrimination case for $1 million.

A Chicago arbitrator recently approved the settlement which compensates hundreds of managers and assistant managers who say they were passed over for promotions because of their race. About 700 employees at Menards Midwestern stores can begin filing claims for their share of the settlement Feb. 23.

The plaintiffs’ attorney Jeffrey Taren tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram ( ) that letters will be sent to employees affected by the settlement. Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott says the company has denied any wrongdoing, but chose to settle because it’s a “wise business decision.”


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