January 17, 2005 at 8:40 PM CST - Updated July 2 at 2:55 AM
After a year-long battle, a federal judge has made a ruling in a racial discrimination lawsuit against Lufkin Industries.
The ruling was in favor of more than 700 employees who claim the company treated minorities unfairly and unequally. Blacks and hispanics were reportedly channeled into the company's foundry division, which has the harshest working conditions. The lawsuit also alleged minorities were not provided with sufficient training and promotion opportunities, which resulted in lower wages.