River View Coal


A western Kentucky coal company has agreed to pay $245,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the company turned away African-American job applicants.

A statement from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said River View Coal will pay the settlement to a group of black applicants who looked for work at a Union County underground mine.

A lawsuit against a Union County coal mine accused of discriminating against black job applicants appears to be nearing a settlement. River View Coal is a subsidiary of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Alliance Resource Partners. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the coal mine in 2011.

An attorney for the EEOC, Aime McFerren, said today that a settlement has not yet been reached and attorneys continue to work on a resolution. Court records indicated the parties reached an "amicable resolution" in late May, and it has been removed from the active docket.