A coalition of black leaders from Baltimore is scheduled to meet with officials from Giant Food Inc. today to finalize a settlement in which Giant will agree to hire and promote more minorities.
Giant officials and members of the coalition declined to comment on details of the agreement until it is signed.
But officials at Baltimore's NAACP office said the agreement also calls on Giant to issue more contracts to minority entrepreneurs and to give greater donations to minority organizations.
The agreement reportedly would affect decisions at all of Giant's 144 stores.
A coalition of black groups -- including the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Baltimore's Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance -- has been meeting with Giant officials for six months to discuss the company's hiring and promotion practices.
The meetings stem from a lawsuit filed by a former management trainee, Jeannette Townes, who was fired in October 1985. Townes, who also has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charged she lost her job because she was black.
"Townes came to us and sought our assistance in her fight," said George Buntin, executive secretary of Baltimore's NAACP office.
As a result of that request, about 25 protesters picketed a Baltimore Giant store last March and threatened a boycott if the company didn't meet with the black leaders.
Although the coalition leaders yesterday refused to discuss details of the settlement, they complimented Giant for its willingness to meet with the minority groups and reach an agreement.
"They were one of the better companies to negotiate with," Buntin said.
Buntin said the agreement would not affect Townes' lawsuit or her EEOC complaint. Townes could not be reached for comment