Approximately 4,500 black truck drivers who applied to work for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. between 2001 and 2008 filed a class action suit against the corporation for racial discrimination. They said Wal-Mart turned them away in disproportionate numbers.
The company denied any wrongdoing but agreed to settle for $17.5 million. Wal-Mart Stores have been subject to a several dozen discrimination lawsuits since the 1990s. In 2010, a group of the company’s West African employees in Colorado sued Wal-Mart because they say they were fired by supervisors who sought to give their jobs to locals.