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Applicant Discrimination

This is a settlement for the Discrimination lawsuit.

New York, NY: (Oct-03-07) The US Department of Labor brought a lawsuit against chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride Corp., alleging that the company engaged in hiring discrimination based on gender and ethnicity. The Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said in compliance evaluations of two of the company's Texas facilities, it found that the company had discriminated against women based on gender and men based on ethnicity when hiring for entry-level laborer jobs.

As part of a settlement reached, Pilgrim's Pride Corp. has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve allegations. Sources state that under the terms of the consent decrees, Pilgrim's Pride will pay more than 4,500 applicants rejected by its Dallas facility $775,000 in back pay and interest, and will hire 361 unskilled laborers from the rejected applicant group. The over 800 applicants rejected by its Nacogdoches, Texas, facility will receive $225,000 in back pay and interest, and the company has agreed to hire more than 101 unskilled laborers from the rejected applicant pool. The company did not admit any wrongdoing or liability in agreeing to the settlement, but did so to avoid the risks and costs associated with litigation. [BUSINESS WEEK: APPLICANT DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Oct-4-07


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