Salvation Army settles New York workers' suit

NEW YORK (AP) — The Salvation Army has reached an agreement to settle a decade-old lawsuit that had accused the organization of religious discrimination in its employment practices in New York.

The settlement announced Tuesday calls for the Salvation Army to notify all current and future employees of its government-funded social service programs that it doesn't discriminate based on religious belief. The requirement applies only to workers in New York.

The notification would also tell employees they are expected to follow professional practices in their work without regard to the organization's religious practices. The Salvation Army also agreed to pay $450,000.

The New York Civil Liberties Union had filed a lawsuit in 2004 on behalf of a group of current and former Salvation Army employees. The suit also alleged retaliatory employment practices.

The Salvation Army admitted no wrongdoing.

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