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Posted: Monday, February 26, 2007 1:05 pm | Updated: 5:48 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

LAS VEGAS - America West Airlines will pay $100,000 and change some policies but admit no wrongdoing in a settlement of a workplace sexual harassment lawsuit, airline officials said Monday.

Officials for the airline and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which brought the lawsuit against the airline in 2005, confirmed the terms of the settlement.

The three-year consent decree requires the company to revise recruitment and hiring policies and hold managers accountable for equal employment practices. It also mandates they post an employee notice, hire an equal employment monitor and ensure records are kept and reported to the commission.

In addition, the airline will be responsible for conducting an employee survey to see if harassment complaints are properly handled.

"We do insist that people be trained, and that managers be held accountable for EEO compliance," said Anna Park, a lawyer with the commission's Los Angeles office, which covers southern Nevada.

"We are pleased with America West's efforts to ensure accountability and a workplace free of harassment," she said.

The commission lawsuit alleged that several female airline employees were harassed by a male supervisor who Park said made sexual comments and touched and rubbed them at work at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

The manager, who was not named in the complaint, retired in October 2001, according to Morgan Durrant, spokesman for Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways, the parent company of America West.

America West merged in September 2005 with US Airways to create the fifth-largest domestic airline.

The complaint was filed that same month in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. It alleged that the company allowed a hostile work environment for the women from September 1999 to July 2001.

The airline, with more than 37,000 employees, operates about 3,800 flights per day under the names US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and the US Airways Express. It flies to more than 225 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

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