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A Peoria school district has settled a federal racial discrimination lawsuit for $450,000.

The 2009 lawsuit filed by seven white employees accused District 150 a hostile work environment and retaliation for complaining. The school board passed the settlement agreement at an October meeting. But the employees' attorney says her clients haven't signed it yet.

The district and the plaintiffs have until Nov. 21 to finish the matter.

District attorney Stan Eisehammer says the school board settled the case because it was more economical than continuing litigation. Eisehammer says the district doesn't admit liability or wrongdoing.

So far this school year the district has paid $1.2 million to plaintiffs in three separate lawsuits.

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