The Wall Street Journal: Qualcomm settles sex bias claims for $19.5 million

Chip maker Qualcomm Inc. will pay $19.5 million to settle claims that women at the company receive lower pay and fewer chances for promotion than men, according to papers filed Tuesday in a San Diego federal court.

The deal will affect roughly 3,300 current and former Qualcomm employees, primarily those in science, technology, engineering and math positions.

As part of the agreement, which requires approval from a federal judge, Qualcomm QCOM, +1.02% also said it will try to level the playing field for women going forward, including hiring independent consultants and an internal compliance officer, ramping up training, and conducting regular pay-equity and promotion analyses.

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