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Federal Beef Contractor To Pay $600K for Hiring Discrimination Based on Race, Gender

November 7, 2011

In a Carson, California employment attorney blog from last month, our lawyers discussed a recent gender discrimination lawsuit settlement, one of the largest in the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) history--where Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. agreed to pay $2.25 million to more than 1,650 female job applicants, who were discriminated against based on their gender, and denied equal employment opportunities within the company.

In another recent press release from the OFCCP, Caviness Beef Packers Ltd., has also agreed to a discrimination settlement that will resolve charges that the company engaged in race and gender discrimination against 746 qualified Asian, white, black and female job applicants in the federal contractor's two facilities for meat processing.

According to the OFCCP's Director, Patricia A. Shiu, discrimination is not tolerated by employers who are given lucrative government contracts. Caviness reportedly holds government contracts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that total over $20 million.

The OFCCP reportedly conducted a planned compliance review of both meat plants, and found the company responsible for violating Executive Order 11246 by neglecting to meet its federal contractor obligations--ensuring that all job applicants who are qualified receive employment consideration that is equal, without bias based on race, sex, color, national origin, or religion.

Under the discrimination settlement agreement, Caviness Beef Packers will pay $600,000 to the 746 class action members, which includes interest and back wages, and will offer at least 81 employment opportunities as the positions become available within the company. The company also agreed to revise its job selection process for positions within production--to steer clear from violating future equal employment opportunity obligations.

The legal authority of the OFCCP, comes from Executive Order 11246, along with the Vietnam Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973--all three of which hold all those doing business with the federal government responsible for complying to the fair and reasonable standard that they will in no way discriminate in the employment process, on the basis of sex, national origin, religion, disability color, race, or status as a protection veteran.

If you or someone you know in Orange County, California has experienced employment discrimination based on gender or race, contact our labor and employment attorneys at Howard Law, PC today, for a free consultation about your job applicant and employee rights.

Federal contractor Caviness Beef Packers agrees to pay $600,000 to applicants to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination, October 20, 2011

Related Web Resources:

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

U.S. Department of Labor: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

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