[JURIST] Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., which has restaurants in 41 states, announced a settlement to all discrimination lawsuits brought by or supported by the NAACP. Cracker Barrel will pay $8.7 million for discriminating against employees and customers. The case arose from a suit brought by 42 black customers in 16 states who alleged the company mistreated black patrons and segregated them to smoking sections. The announcement comes four months after the company settled a US Justice Department lawsuit accusing the company of similar discrimination at dozens of its restaurants in the south. Read the Cracker Barrel press release announcing the settlement with the NAACP here. Read the DOJ settlement press release here. AP has more.