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Impressions of settling lawsuits

July 1, 2008
Eli Lilly and Co. settled its racial discrimination lawsuit yesterday for $64,000, ending a claim by an employee who alleged the company fired her because she was disfigured through exposure to a blood pathogen.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Lilly retaliated against the African-American woman after she filed a discrimination charge. In offering the settlement, Lilly denied violating laws or regulations.

Companies increasingly settle charges of various kinds without admitting guilt.

When they do, how does it come across to you?

Do you think to yourself, the company must be guilty or they wouldnâ??t have paid out the money? That the company made a business decision to end the negative publicity and legal costs?

Something else?
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