The Georgia Power Company is ordered to pay retroactive wages and pension benefits to Black employees who had been denied equal job rights.
1974 (Jan 31)
A federal court in Atlanta ordered the Georgia Power Company, the state's largest utility corporation, to pay retroactive wages and pension benefits amounting to almost $2.1 million to Black employees who had been denied equal job rights. The ruling also required the company to increase Black employment to 17 percent of the total work force within five years. At the time of the court's decision, 9.3 percent of the company's 8,278 workers were Black. The ruling resulted from a suit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1969.