How The Right Thing Went Awry

Following affirmative-action guidelines often looks easier than it is. Just ask Liberty National Bank & Trust Co. of Louisville. For years, it enjoyed a local reputation as a model equal-opportunity employer. Yet this April, it agreed to pay more than $275,000 to avoid a federal discrimination lawsuit in what a Labor Dept. spokeswoman hailed as "one of the top 10 settlements nationwide this year."

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