(Reuters) - A federal judge in Kentucky has signed off on Walmart Inc's $20 million settlement of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit claiming the company's practice of giving physical ability tests to applicants for grocery warehouse jobs made it more difficult for women to get the positions.
U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell in Lexington, Kentucky approved the consent decree on Wednesday, about a month after the EEOC and Walmart, represented by Dinsmore & Shohl, filed it with the court. Walmart denied wrongdoing.
The EEOC in a complaint filed along with the settlement last month said that since at least 2010, Walmart had disproportionately disqualified women from warehouse jobs because they could not achieve a passing score on a physical ability test, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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