Lilly wins one, loses one with civil rights groups

Two weeks ago, the NAACP backed existing and former black employees of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. in a lawsuit that claims they were treated unfairly.

Today, the National Urban League bestowed its Corporate Leadership Award on the pharmaceutical maker for working with the Urban League-also a civil rights group-to sponsor a program that encourages African-American women and their families to be physically active, eat healthy foods and seek preventive screenings and treatments.

The award is the Urban League’s highest corporate honor. “We are pleased to present Lilly with the Corporate Leadership Award for their comprehensive commitment to educating and empowering African-American women,” NUL President and CEO Marc H. Morial said in a statement.

In the suit backed by the NAACP, more than 50 plaintiffs allege that Lilly created a hostile work place and paid them less than white coworkers.

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