AKRON -- A federal judge has approved a settlement that ends a discrimination lawsuit filed by female jail guards in northeast Ohio.
The women said they had been effectively demoted because Summit County officials in Akron didn't want them overseeing male inmates while the inmates showered or were strip searched.
A settlement in the case was initially announced in December. The U.S. Justice Department, which got involved in the lawsuit last summer, announced the consent decree last month.
Akron federal judge Sara Lioi on Wednesday called the decree fair, adequate, reasonable and consistent with the public interest.
All jail jobs will be open to female deputies under the agreement. The county agreed to pay $400,000, more than half in damages to 21 deputies and the rest in legal fees.