Aarp, Inc. will pay $20 million to settle discrimination lawsuit

Posted July 08, 2019 03:01:47Aarp, a startup founded by former Disney animator Nick Hornby, announced Thursday it will pay an undisclosed amount to settle a discrimination lawsuit alleging that it violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by requiring employees to disclose their race or ethnicity when applying for jobs.

In a statement, the company said it would “fully cooperate with the Department of Justice and will fully defend the Company against any and all claims of discrimination.”

The agreement, which is subject to court approval, will pay Aarp $20.7 million to resolve the discrimination claim, the statement said.

Aarp is owned by the California-based company’s former chief executive officer, Nick Hornbacher.

The Justice Department announced in September 2018 that it would pursue discrimination claims against a dozen companies for similar practices, including one based in Seattle.

In November, the department filed an amended complaint against Aarp alleging that Aarp’s practice was discriminatory against women and minorities.