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A federal magistrate judge has approved a $7 million settlement in a six-year-old class action in which female Nassau County Police Department employees alleged violations of federal and state equal pay statutes. Six named plaintiffs, working for Nassau County as either police communication officers or supervisors, alleged the county, its police department and its civil service commission discriminated against them by paying higher wages to men performing jobs requiring equal skill, effort and responsibility. But after filing the action in 2005 and a vigorous phase of litigation, the parties began negotiating a settlement in June 2010 culminating in the Dec. 22 approval by Eastern District Magistrate Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson (See Profile).

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