Fashion retailer Wet Seal Inc. said it would pay $7.5 million and take corrective measures to settle a July class-action racial-discrimination lawsuit filed by three African American women from Delaware County who worked at malls in the region.
The women, who had lost jobs at Wet Seal stores, said in the suit that the chain set out to fire African American employees because they did not fit the retailer's "brand image."
Wet Seal, based in Foothill Ranch, Calif., had denied the allegations. In a statement Thursday, the company called the settlement a "no-fault resolution of the case."
Chief executive John D. Goodman said in the statement, "From the moment I became CEO of Wet Seal in January, I made clear that we value a diverse work force and believe that a dynamic and representative employee base allows us to best serve all of our customers."