BP Settles in Discrimination Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP and its contractors have agreed to pay up to $5.4 million to resolve complaints that some women weren't considered for temporary jobs responding to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because of their gender.

The agreement announced late Thursday ends an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission without the federal agency filing a lawsuit over the allegations.

The EEOC says it hasn't determined that London-based BP PLC violated any anti-discrimination laws. BP denies it engaged in any wrongdoing.

An undetermined number of women from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida who applied for BP spill response jobs will be eligible for shares of the money.

The EEOC said its probe was based on complaints by several women in Louisiana and Alabama.


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  • by Kathy s. Boyd Location: defuniack Sprs.fl. on Jul 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM
    this is great news for all us woman who applied for these jobs. I for one applied an was not even considered for an interview. so good luck to all the woman who applied.
  • by Donald Location: Samson on Jun 30, 2012 at 02:58 PM
    It still amazes me that women are not allowed to work some jobs just because they are women. Women raise the men, the men hear stories of bravery and rescuing damsels in distress at the foot of their moms. When they grow up they seem to think that because they are men that they are somehow more able to work than the female. The female can work great burden of many jobs and get it done. As for the male, multitasking is stressful and confusing.BP should have hired some women to work, the task at hand probably would have gotten done faster.This is a loss for both of them.
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