(Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
has resolved two lawsuits against coal mining companies
that allegedly conducted hiring practices that excluded women
from working in mines.
the allegations, the group of mining companies agreed to pay a collective $4.25
million to women applicants who were denied jobs because of the alleged
it has been some years since EEOC first filed suit, these cases were actually
resolved fairly early in the litigation process," EEOC Chicago District
Director Julie Bowman said. "No depositions have yet been taken in the
case, sparing both EEOC and the companies the expenditure of significant
resources. We were also pleased that Foresight has volunteered to engage the
services of a consultant to help ensure that the integration of women miners
into the workforce goes smoothly and is successful."
companies involved in the lawsuits were Mach Mining and various affiliates – Foresight
Energy Services LLC, Foresight Energy LLC, Foresight Energy LP, Foresight
Energy Labor LLC, Hillsboro Energy LLC, Macoupin Energy LLC, MaRyan Mining LLC,
M-Class Mining LLC, Patton Mining LLC, Sugar Camp Energy LLC, Viking Mine LLC,
and Williamson Energy LLC. These are all part of St. Louis-based Foresight Energy.
is pleased with the ongoing success of its systemic initiative,” EEOC Deputy General Counsel James Lee said. “When an employer like Foresight Energy, which is
prominent in its field, agrees to enter into a strong consent decree such as
this, we find that other employers in the industry often implement similar
reforms. In this way, the impact of our larger cases has a helpful ripple