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Hobart Dots store to pay for refusing to hire whites

The Dots store is photographed Merrillville Ind. Tuesday May 10 2011.     |  Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

The Dots store is photographed in Merrillville, Ind. Tuesday May 10, 2011. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 25, 2011 12:31AM

The Hobart Dots store has agreed to pay $246,500 to a group of at least 23 white job applicants who the store refused to hire because of their race.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against the retailer last year when a white woman who applied for a job claimed she was told by an employee the store didn’t hire white people.

The EEOC said in court documents it has identified at least 22 other people who were denied a job because of their race, and said another 15 to 20 more victims could exist.

The EEOC will split the money among the victims, with half going for back pay and half going for compensatory damages, according to a document filed Tuesday in federal court in Hammond.

Dots also said it will take extra steps to help find positions for any of the victims still interested in a job with the store, 1662 E. 80th Ave., the court filing showed.

While the store is allowed to make its own hiring decisions, it must track the race of everyone who applies for a job with the store and then send reports on its hiring practices to the EEOC over the next three years.

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