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Tyson Fresh Meats Will Pay $2.25 M in DOL Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Settlement

October 7, 2011

Our Carson, California employment lawyers have been following a recent press release stating that Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. will settle allegations of sexual discrimination in the workplace, paying $2.25 million in back wages, benefits and interest to over 1,650 women who applied for employment opportunities within the company and were rejected--allegedly due to their gender.

According to the announcement, made by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the OFCCP found that Tyson Fresh Meats discriminated against qualified job applicants based on gender, violating Executive Order 11246. Hilda Solis, DOL Secretary, stated that companies that profit from federal contracts should in no way discriminate in employment decisions.

The sex discrimination lawsuit settlement, $2.25 million, is one of the largest in the OFCCP's history, and according to Solis ensures that female workers who were wrongly denied job opportunities with the company based on gender, will be compensated--as the settlement will be divide among the rejected female job applicants who applied for jobs at facilities in Joslin, Illinois, West Point, Nebraska, and Denison and Waterloo, Iowa.

Tyson has also reportedly agreed to offer job opportunities to around 220 of the female job applicants as soon as positions are available in the Iowa cities of Denison and Waterloo.

Tyson Foods Inc., is a major supplier for the U.S. Departments of Defense and Agriculture, and has reportedly received federal contracts from the government that total more than $200 million in each of the past three years. Recently Tyson was also awarded another $8 million contract to provide two commissary store in Guam with pork and beef products to sell.

Our Riverside employment lawyers blog reported on a similar case earlier this year, when Green Bay Dressed Beef LLC, one of the head suppliers to the American military, reportedly paid $1.65 million to a class of 970 women who suffered gender discrimination when applying for job opportunities between 2006 and 2007.

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Tyson Fresh Meats to pay $2.25 million to settle sex discrimination cases with US Labor Department, U.S. Department of Labor's OFCCP Press Release, September 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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