U.S. Department of Justice settlement would end lawsuit by female jail guards in Summit County

AKRON, Ohio - The U.S. Department of Justice says it has signed off on a settlement that will end 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.

A settlement in the case was initially announced in December.

The justice department, which got involved in the lawsuit last summer, announced the consent decree in the case Wednesday. A federal judge still has to approve the final agreement.

Under the 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.

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