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Discrimination at Decatur—Caterpillar Hiring Case Settled

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The U.S. Department of Labor has concluded the Caterpillar hiring discrimination lawsuit with an agreement that states the manufacturing company will pay $800,000 in back wages and interest to affected job applicants. Caterpillar’s racial discrimination case was centered around a facility in Decatur, Illinois where a routine review had found evidence of discrimination against black workers who had applied for an open position. The law violation occurred during a hiring cycle between 2018 and 2020 and has finally been resolved with Caterpillar’s $800K settlement.

Caterpillar’s racial hiring case is a significant win for affected workers, a number big enough to

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