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Edward Jones & Co. Must Pay $34 Million to Settle Discrimination Case

A federal court approved a $34 million settlement between Edward Jones & Co. and black financial advisors at the company, ending years of litigation. In addition to the financial settlement, the company agreed to promote greater inclusivity in its corporate culture.

Case background

A group of black financial advisors (FAs) at the company originally filed the lawsuit in 2018, claiming systemic racial discrimination in the company and significant underrepresentation of black FAs. They also alleged wage discrimination, saying black FAs were paid less than other FAs.

The complaint included some statistics to emphasize their points. Among them: only six percent of Edward Jones FAs were not white, versus the national average of 21 percent.

The plaintiffs also provided specific examples of how black FAs at Edward Jones were put at a disadvantage. These examples included:

  • Black FAs were frequently relegated to less lucrative areas.
  • The company chose black FAs for “Legacy” and “Goodknight” programs at a rate disproportionate to white FAs. These programs included dedicated office spaces, assistance in finding clients and ongoing mentorship. FAs not in these programs typically start off working from home without much support.
  • The firm disproportionately disfavored black FAs in its retirement policy, which allows retiring FAs to send clients to other FAs.

The three plaintiffs in the suit were Edward Jones FAs who were denied opportunities for advancement despite being qualified for the roles they sought.

The settlement comes less than a year after a District Court judge denied the company’s motion to dismiss the claims.

To learn more about how to move forward with discrimination claims and protect your rights, contact an experienced whistleblower attorney at Kardell Law Group.

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