Computer Giant Dell Shells Out More Than $9 Million in Gender Discrimination Settlement

Dell Inc., the second largest computer manufacturer on earth, has settled a massive gender discrimination class action suit for $9.1 million, according to recently released reports.

Origins of the Suit
The legal action commenced in October 2008, when Jill Hubley, a human resources manager at one of Dell’s offices, alleged that the company discriminated against its female employees in terms of its promotion strategies and compensation packages. An AP report noted that another HR manager, Laura Guenther, subsequently joined Hubley in the lawsuit. According to the terms of the settlement, $5.6 million will be paid out to the claimants to cover damages and legal fees. The rest of the money — $3.5 million — will be passed along to female employees at Dell to raise their base pay rate to be equal to that of their male co-workers. In addition, the company will look to outside consultants to review its hiring and promotion practices and will audit all relevant employee salaries. Any woman who was employed — even for a day — by Dell between February 14, 2007 and December 31, 2008 may be eligible for settlement money.

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