LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville-based chain Texas Roadhouse has agreed to pay $12 million dollars to settle an age discrimination lawsuit.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit against Texas Roadhouse in 2011 claiming the chain violated federal laws by refusing to hire people age 40 and older for "front-of-the-house" jobs like hosts, bartenders, and servers.

In a consent decree filed Friday with the U.S. District Court in Boston the steakhouse chain agreed to pay job applicants who were wrongfully turned away because of their age between 2007 and 2014.

It also requires more recruitment and hiring of older job candidates, the appointment of a diversity director and more training.

Texas Roadhouse was founded in Clarksville, Indiana in 1993.