A federal judge has given his approval to Walgreens' plan to pay 24-million-dollars to settle a federal lawsuit alleging racial bias at the nation's largest drugstore chain.
Roughly 10,000 past and present black Walgreens workers will
split 20 million dollars under the consent decree given final
Attorneys involved in the case will share about 4.5 million
dollars in fees separate from the settlement amount.
The decree also requires Walgreens to hire outside consultants
to review and make recommendations about their employment
practices. A Walgreens spokeswoman says the company began putting the decree's requirements in place last July when a judge gave the settlement deal tentative approval. The company, however, still
says it did nothing wrong.