Minnesota-based food wholesaler Nash Finch has agreed to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit, according to BusinessManagementDaily.com. Females who applied at Nash Finch claim they were not hired to entry-level positions at the company’s facility in Lumberton, North Carolina based only on their gender. The women filed a lawsuit with the assistance of the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
The OFCCP determined that between May 2005 and December 2006, Nash Finch “failed to ensure qualified female job applicants received equal consideration for employment without regard to sex.” This practice is obviously in violation of federal law.
Nash Finch is ordered to pay $188,500 in back pay plus interest to 84 female applicants denied employment. Nash Finch must offer jobs to at least 12 of the qualified women who applied during the period in question in addition to submitting regular progress reports to the OFCCP for the next two years.
It is good that this company was finally punished for its discriminatory practices—better late than never. Please visit our site for more information on discrimination, and contact our firm for a free consultation.
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