An insurance brokerage will pay $1.2 million to current and former female employees who allegedly faced sexual harassment from two corporate officers, according to a consent decree reached with the EEOC. The sum will be paid as compensatory damages to the 10 women who brought the initial charges, as well as other valid claimants. The firm will mail letters to all female employees who worked from February 1994 to the present. The firm also agreed to post and distribute a sexual harassment policy and provide EEOC-approved sexual harassment training. (EEOC v. BWD Group Ltd., E.D. N.Y., CV 97-2617)

A toll-free ADA Information Line, operated by the Department of Justice, provides information and publications about the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The automated service, which allows callers to listen to recorded information and order publications, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ADA specialists are available from 10am to 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 1pm to 6pm on Thursday (EDT). Spanish language service also is available. The phone number is 1-800-514-0301(voice) or 1-800-514-0383(TDD).

A race bias class action settled for $1 million. The EEOC alleged a hotel engaged in discriminatory practices by denying blacks so-called "front-of-the-house" jobs and singling out black job candidates by coding their applications with the number 8. As many as 1,000 African Americans who applied but were not hired for those jobs from 1990 through 1995 will share the amount. The hotel, which admits no violation of federal law, also agreed to change its hiring practices, under the settlement. (EEOC v. Oak Lawn Ltd., N.D. Ill., No.96 C 0959)