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Boeing Settles Gender Dispute

November 13, 2005|From Associated Press

SEATTLE — Thousands of female employees involved in a gender discrimination lawsuit against the Boeing Co. will be sharing in a $72.5-million settlement in the next few weeks.

Boeing agreed more than a year ago to pay anywhere from $40.6 million to $72.5 million, and documents filed last week in U.S. District Court show the final total at the high end.

If the plaintiffs' motion for speedy payment is granted, checks could be in the mail to about 17,960 current and former Boeing employees by Dec. 25. Otherwise, Boeing has until Jan. 14 to pay a court administrator, who would issue checks.

Individual payments range from $500 to $26,000, said Mike Helgren, the plaintiffs' lead attorney.

Boeing admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to change its hiring, pay and promotion complaint investigation practices.

"We've moved ahead on numerous fronts in making improvements to our work environment," said John Dern, a Boeing spokesman.

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