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Sexual Orientation Lawsuit Settled in Baltimore

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says a landmark lawsuit alleging sex discrimination based on sexual orientation has been settled for more than $200,000.

The EEOC said in a statement Tuesday that Pallet Companies, doing business as IFCO Systems, will pay just over $182,000 to a woman who said she was fired after complaining that her supervisor made comments regarding her sexual orientation and appearance. The EEOC says the company will also donate $20,000 to a foundation set up by the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group. The EEOC says IFCO Systems has agreed to hire someone to develop a training program on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workplace issues.

IFCO Systems did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.