Mark Iandolo Apr. 20, 2016, 2:41pm

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced Local 25 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and its associated apprenticeship school have agreed to pay $1.65 million combined due to allegations of race discrimination.

This settlement is part of a decades-old lawsuit against the organization, which is the trade union responsible for sheet metal journeymen in northern New Jersey. The union allegedly discriminated against black and Hispanic journeymen over a multiyear period. This particular agreement covers April 1991 through December 2002.

"EEOC is committed to ensuring equal opportunities throughout the construction trade," said EEOC New York district office district director Kevin Berry. "Through remedial agreements like the one in this case, we can rid this industry of such invidious race discrimination."

The $1.65 million will go toward journeymen harmed by the alleged discrimination. Local 25 also agreed to an injunction that will bar discrimination based on race or national origin.

“EEOC will continue to bring strong enforcement actions until black and Hispanic sheet metal workers no longer face discrimination on the job site,” said EEOC's New York acting regional attorney Raechel Adams. “Today's settlement is an important step in realizing justice for these workers."

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