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Women compensated after discrimination

June 10, 2007

Dawson - - Four Terrell County women are just now being paid almost $2,000 each after they were discriminated against when they applied for jobs more than 20 years ago. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the county discriminated against the women because they were black.

The four women applied for a position in the Terrell County Registrar's office in 1985. Each was denied an interview and a white woman was hired instead.

NAACP leaders fought the decision and this year the E.E.O.C. sided with the civil rights group.  

"It's an opportunity for us to say that persistence works. Its an opportunity for us to say that the relevance of the NAACP in Terrell county, Georgia, and our national office is still on the battlefield," says Georgia NAACP President Edward Dubose.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it will monitor the hiring practices of Terrell County for the next two years.

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