A $22.8 million settlement between Lockheed Martin Corp. and a group of about 5,500 black workers resolving proposed class race discrimination claims doesn’t pass muster and must be rejected, a federal judge in the District of Columbia ruled (Ross v. Lockheed Martin Corp., 2017 BL 262385, D.D.C., No. 16-cv-02508, settlement approval denied 7/28/17).

The proposed pact raises “fairness-related red flags” for the workers because it would force them to relinquish “the entire universe” of race bias claims they may have against the aerospace and defense company, not just those relating to the allegedly discriminatory employee evaluation process that...