DOT Settlement Pays After Nearly 20 Years

Plaintiffs in a racial discrimination case against the Alabama Department of Transportation are finally going to receive money from a settlement -- 18 years after the first lawsuit was filed. The money has been held in escrow accounts during the appeals process.

Starting July 20th, lawyers will mail letters telling plaintiffs how much settlement money they will receive from the lawsuit that alleges DOT hired and promoted workers based on race.

The lawyers say that if African American plaintiffs agree to the amounts outlined in their letters, checks totaling $46 million should be distributed to them by September.

Of 2,500 African American workers eligible to file claims, 1,800 met the filing deadline. Whites workers who joined the suit later will get $8.4 million.

Produced by Vanessa Staples