WASHINGTON (AP) - A unanimous Supreme Court says there must be some judicial oversight to make sure the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is trying hard enough to settle charges of job discrimination before filing lawsuits against employers.

WASHINGTON (AP) A unanimous Supreme Court says there must be some judicial oversight to make sure the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is trying hard enough to settle charges of job discrimination before filing lawsuits against employers.

The justices ruled Wednesday that lower courts have a role in making sure the government is not being unreasonable during settlement negotiations with companies accused of bias.

The EEOC has a legal duty to try settling cases first, but the question was how much a court could peer into those negotiations to make sure the EEOC is acting in good faith.

The Supreme Court said the scope of review is limited, and respects the "expansive discretion" the law gives to the EEOC over settlement talks, known as conciliation.