Outback Steakhouse will pay $19 million to settle a lawsuit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed in Denver in 2006.
OSI Restaurant Partners LLC of Tampa, Fla., owns the restaurant chain.
The EEOC alleged in its lawsuit that Outback Steakhouse discriminated against its female employees, not allowing them to be promoted to higher-level management positions in the restaurants. The agency also claimed that women were denied kitchen management experience, which was required before an employee could be considered for a top management job.