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July 23, 2003

UPS Settles Suit With Deaf Employees

From: Boston, MA - Jul 23, 2003

United Parcel Service has settled most of a class-action lawsuit brought by hundreds of hearing-impaired workers.

The package delivery titan will pay nearly $6 million and make changes to ensure that deaf employees and job applicants have full access to workplace safety, information and promotion opportunities.

The agreement ends a trial that began in April of a class-action lawsuit claiming UPS discriminated against more than 900 current and former hearing-impaired employees.

The proposed settlement requires court approval after notice is distributed throughout the country and a fairness hearing is held.

UPS is the nation's fourth-largest private employer.

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