The Associated Press has learned that a former employee of LinkedIn and the company that owns Reo Real Estate was paid a $6.2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit against the online real estate site in the wake of the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
The settlement, announced Tuesday by the U.S. District Court in Southern California, resolves allegations that LinkedIn discriminated against prospective homebuyers in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.
The class action settlement, filed in November, included $2.2 billion in damages, including $1.8 billion in punitive damages, the court records show.
The lawsuit alleged that the real estate giant retaliated against prospective buyers who expressed negative views about Reo and other properties in its network.
LinkedIn declined to comment.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
Reo Real, which had $6 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2016, is a social networking and online real-estate company that specializes in online realty.
It has also built a global real estate marketplace for homebuyer buyers.