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Tucson schools settle discrimination lawsuit

The Department of Justice has settled an employment discrimination case against the Tucson Unified School District.

The school district is accused of discriminating against five custodial employees at Rincon University High School by subjecting them to a hostile work environment and harassment based on sex and national origin.

A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Arizona alleges that despite complaints, the district did not stop a white, male employee from harassing the five employees because they were Hispanic or female.

Under the settlement, the school district will pay $45,000 in damages to the five employees.

The Justice Department says in a statement Monday that the district agreed to enforce policies prohibiting discrimination and train employees to prevent discrimination.

The deal requires approval by a federal judge.

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