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Honeywell International Inc. will pay $2.15 million to settle an age discrimination lawsuit by workers who were terminated or demoted in 1997 at AlliedSignal, which Honeywell acquired in 1999, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday. In the settlement, Honeywell denied any wrongdoing. The company and the EEOC, which sued on behalf of the workers in 2002, both said the agreement was made to avoid “the time, expense and uncertainty of further litigation.” Six of the workers will get awards ranging from $475,000 to $275,000, according to the settlement. About 25 others will each get $8,000, EEOC program analyst Edward McCaffrey said. Morris Township, N.J.-based Honeywell said it decided to settle “in the best interest of the company.” Under the settlement, Honeywell will provide training on provisions of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act to all managers in the consumer products group and friction materials businesses. The ADEA makes it illegal to deny a person 40 or older any employment opportunity on the basis of age. Honeywell must also post notices about the lawsuit on bulletin boards for workers in those businesses, which had been known as AlliedSignal Automotive Aftermarket. It made Prestone and Fram products, which are now part of the Honeywell Consumer Products Group. The EEOC had charged that sales representatives in the unit were terminated or demoted in a reorganization because of their age, while younger workers with less experience were retained or offered those positions. The suit alleged that the vice president for sales considered workers with 20 or more years’ service as part of a company problem. “Those people will be bugs on AlliedSignal’s windshield. Most of the older workers make too much money for a ‘sales rep’ and we have to address that,” the suit quoted the vice president as saying. The vice president is no longer employed by Honeywell, and the company “challenged the credibility of those statements in our discussions with the EEOC,” Honeywell spokesman Michael Timmermann said. Shares in Honeywell were down 15 cents to close at $36.61 Monday on the New York Stock Exchange. Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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