BALTIMORE (AP) — Government officials say they’ve settled a lawsuit accusing two McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants in Baltimore of racially discriminating against job applicants and employees who are black.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says McCormick & Schmick’s agreed to settle the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Maryland in 2008. The lawsuit accused McCormick & Schmick’s of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The settlement establishes a $1.3 million claims fund for eligible employees and black job applicants at the two restaurants.
McCormick & Schmick’s has also agreed to numerical goals for hiring black job applicants for front-of-the-house positions at the two locations and recruitment efforts to attract black applicants.

A McCormick & Schmick’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

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