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Settlement reached in Denver Mint suit

The two sides in the Denver Mint sexual harassment case have reached a  proposed $8.99 million settlement.

Subject to the approval of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission administrative judge, the agreement not only provides monetary relief, but it also calls for an independent monitor at the Denver facility, for a three-year period.

Female employees of the U.S. Mint facility in Denver brought a class-action complaint alleging sex discrimination, harassment and retaliation at the facility.
The $8.99 million payment reportedly will cover damages, fees and costs for filing the action.

?Agency counsel and class counsel have been engaged in productive mediation over the past several weeks to arrive at this settlement,? said a press release issued by the U.S. Mint.

On March 30, the two parties met with the mediator to go over the parties? progress and provide preliminary details of the settlement.

The U.S. Mint press release said, ?By entering into the settlement, the agency and the class seek to avoid the potentially massive expense, delay and burdens of further administrative proceedings. Further, while the agency denies liability, it believes that the settlement is consistent with and reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that the U.S. Mint at Denver is a model workplace that fosters diversity and equal employment opportunity.?

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