Settlement in Ohio jail discrimination lawsuit

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a discrimination lawsuit filed by female jail guards in northeast Ohio.

The women said they had been effectively demoted because Summit County officials in Akron didn't want them overseeing male inmates while the inmates showered or were strip searched.

The settlement was reached in talks this week and was detailed by both sides Thursday. A federal judge must sign off on the final deal.

Under the tentative agreement, all jail jobs will be open to female deputies. The county agreed to pay $400,000, more than half in damages to 21 deputies and the rest in legal fees.

The county will also conduct sex discrimination training for top sheriff's department officials.

The federal government joined the lawsuit on behalf of the female guards last year.

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