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More than 100 black employees who claimed they were unfairly denied promotions by NASA will divide $3.75 million in a settlement. The lawsuit was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in April 1993 on behalf of scientists and engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. They said they were discriminated against in promotion decisions. Under terms of the settlement, announced Monday, Goddard admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to look at the workers’ requests for promotions retroactively and create programs to promote diversity and employee development. “We think it provides tremendous relief economically … as well as providing a very good blueprint for how things should operate in the future, benefiting all employees at NASA Goddard,” said Maia Caplan, an attorney for the workers. Independent experts also will review Goddard’s system for determining promotions and handling employee appraisals, as well as its process for mediating equal employment opportunity complaints. Dorothy Kerr, an attorney for Goddard, said the parties “agreed to disagree” about whether there was any discrimination. “We just looked at the issues and the fact that this process could go on for another 10 years and said let’s acknowledge our differences and move on,” she said. Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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