NAACP Pays $100,000 to Settle Age, Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

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The NAACP has paid $100,000 to settle a sex and age discrimination suit filed by a woman who worked 27 years for the civil rights group before she was laid off last year.

Janice Washington, 49, of Randallstown, Md., former assistant director of branches and field services, agreed to drop all claims against the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, according to a settlement agreement filed in U.S. District Court.

Washington, now legislative aide to state Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, also agreed not to seek employment again at the NAACP. She claimed in the suit that the NAACP paid women one-quarter to one-third less on average than men in comparable jobs. The NAACP denies any discrimination. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing. "It was always our position that we have an equitable pay structure," said Dennis Courtland Hayes, NAACP general counsel. …