Marriott Corp. will pay $3.3 million and revamp its promotion procedures to ensure that women have a fair shot at food and beverage management jobs.

The company agreed to settle a federal lawsuit alleging sex discrimination while not admitting that it had discriminated.The company promised to post openings for food and beverage management positions and to promote women in proportion to their share among applicants.

U.S. District Judge Milton I. Shadur accepted the settlement to the class action lawsuit on Friday.

Most of the money in the agreement will go to about 3,000 women who were food and beverage managers on or since July 1, 1986.

The lawsuit was filed in 1988 by Joyce Meiresonne and Toni Reedy, then restaurant managers at Marriott's Chicago downtown hotel.