PITTSBURGH - A Pennsylvania federal judge on Nov. 30 granted preliminary approval of a settlement reached between a restaurant franchisee and a class of black employees who allege that their employer denied them promotions solely because of their race (Guy M. Vines, et al. v. Covelli Enterprises T/D/B/A, Panera Bread, No. 12-0028, W.D. Pa.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170870).