A unanimous jury found Wednesday that Boeing did not intentionally discriminate against African-American employees, 4,000 of whom filed a class-action suit alleging they were passed over for promotions because of race.

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A unanimous jury found Wednesday that Boeing did not intentionally discriminate against African-American employees, 4,000 of whom filed a class-action suit alleging they were passed over for promotions because of race.

“The company felt strongly that its promotion processes are fair,” Boeing said in a statement, “and we are very pleased that the jury agreed.”

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman is still expected to rule on whether Boeing policies resulted in unintentional discrimination.
The lead plaintiffs’ attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

The class-action suit was back in court this month after an appeals court agreed with a group of plaintiffs who challenged legal fees and the distribution of a $15 million settlement reached in 1999. In that settlement, Boeing admitted no wrongdoing.

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Boeing’s statement Wednesday added that the employees who brought the suit were not wrong to express their concerns.

“[I]t’s important for employees to feel that their concerns are addressed through meaningful action, and that is something to which the company remains committed,” the statement said.