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L.A. Times To Settle Suit Over Race and Gender Bias, As Editor Promises Change



David Folkenflik
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A cyclist rides on the sidewalk past a Los Angeles Times advertisement in downtown Los Angeles. The newspaper is being sued by employees alleging pay discrimination.
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The Los Angeles Times is moving to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit filed by six Black, Hispanic and female journalists at the paper contending that the under-representation of people of color there is a result of longstanding discriminatory pay practices.

The civil complaint, filed in California Superior Court in San Bernardino County, outside Los Angeles, is dated June 4 but has only just surfaced in court records. A corporate spokeswoman for the L.A. Times told NPR Thursday afternoon that a settlement had been reached and that it would be submitted for the court’s preliminary approval “as soon as practical.”

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