Search begins for Lufkin Industries minorities discriminated against

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The search begins for more than a thousand African-American Lufkin Industry workers.

They could be eligible to receive a payout from a racial discrimination lawsuit.

Any minority Lufkin Industries worker from March 1, 1994, to December 31, 2007, and was passed up for a promotion is a possible candidate for the settlement.

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A third party is distributing the payments, but anyone who may think they are eligible can contact the Garrigan Law Offices in Nacogdoches.

"Basically, it's based on the number of promotions that mathematically should have gone to the black employees, but did not," explained attorney, Tim Garrigan. "People who worked the entire period from 1994 to 2007 will be getting more back pay than people who worked a shorter period of time."

The formula for check amounts is complex.

Plaintiffs who led the lawsuit say the real payment will be if equal opportunity hiring practices improve in East Texas.

A Lufkin Industries spokesperson said not to expect a response from the company until at least Thursday.

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