Pepsi Beverages Pays $3.1 Million In Racial Bias Case

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Pepsi lawsuit racial discrimination EEOC

By Sam Hananel


WASHINGTON -- Pepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants -- even if they weren't convicted of a crime.

The settlement announced Wednesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is part of a national government crackdown on hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics.