Several weeks after the parent of Tampa's Outback Steakhouse chain settled a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discrimination lawsuit for $19 million, one of the women originating the legal action has been compensated. Jennifer Turner-Rieger, 43, an ex-Outback employee, will collect $650,000 from the settlement pool. The lawsuit, which originated in Colorado, alleged the restaurant chain systematically stymied women from advancing to lucrative management ranks. OSI Restaurant Partners denied any discrimination but agreed to settle to avoid "the cost and distraction of further litigation." Up to 20,000 current and former women employees of Outback may be eligible for a portion of the $19 million pool. Turner-Rieger told the Daily Camera newspaper in Colorado that she felt betrayed by Outback as an employee. "I felt I would get a fair shot because I'm a hard worker and an educated, smart woman. I gave them 10 years of my life, but they promoted other people just because they were men."
Woman sparking $19 million discrimination settlement with Outback Steakhouse chain gets $650,000
© 2015 Tampa Bay Times