It seems unusual for a company to actively make staffing changes due to fears that they don't have enough white employees. The situation is usually reversed. But California-based Wet Seal Inc. was accused of doing just that, and after a three-year investigation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found evidence that the allegations of race discrimination were legitimate.
What followed was a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf at least 250 management-level employees at Wet Seal stores around the country. Earlier this month, the retailer agreed to make sweeping policy changes and pay $7.5 million to settle the lawsuit.