PITTSBURGH -- The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. is paying $575,000 to settle a federal age discrimination lawsuit over five locations in Pennsylvania and one in Beachwood, Ohio.

The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement on Monday. The EEOC had alleged that the company engaged in age discrimination against job applicants 40 years of age or older.

Ruby Tuesday is based in Maryville, Tenn., and it didn't admit wrongdoing in the settlement.

The EEOC filed the lawsuit in 2009.

The restaurants were located in Beachwood, Ohio and West Mifflin, Greensburg, Altoona, Du Bois, and Indiana, in Pennsylvania.

EEOC attorney Debra M. Lawrence says they're pleased Ruby Tuesday agreed to work on a comprehensive settlement. Ruby Tuesday did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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