Ford: The High Cost Of Harassment

Despite a $17.5 million settlement, a judge opens the way for a potentially more damaging class action

In early September, Ford Motor Co. reached a $17.5 million deal with the feds to settle ugly sexual harassment allegations at two Chicago-area factories. Civil rights leaders hailed the accord as a model for Corporate America. The carmaker agreed to set aside $7.5 million to compensate victims of harassment and $10 million more to train managers and male workers to stop what women alleged to be a years-long pattern of groping, name-calling, and parties with strippers and prostitutes.

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