Norfolk Southern to pay settlement over allegations of racial discrimination

FILE - In this Aprill 22, 2008 file photo, a Norfolk Southern engine is seen parked outside a railway office in Hopewell, Va. Norfolk Southern Corp. releases quarterly financial results after the market close Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, file)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — As part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor, Norfolk Southern will pay nearly $500,000 to more than 2,000 African-Americans for violating hiring practices.

According to the settlement, the railroad giant failed to provide equal employment opportunities to minorities who applied for track laborer and building and bridge laborer positions at company’s Roanoke location.

Read: Department of Labor Settlement

The settlement states the alleged discrimination took place between January 2010 and December 2011.

Norfolk Southern must pay $492,000 in back pay and interest to the applicants — which averages to around $234 per applicant.

The company has also agreed to offer jobs to seven applicants who were turned down for positions.

The agreement goes on to say that the company will discontinue some of the ways the select people for jobs, and they will review and change some employment practices.

Federal officials say the agreement resolves all violations found during the investigation into the company.

Norfolk Southern offered no comment on the settlement Wednesday.

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