A Southern California meatpacker has agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit for $440,000, according to BusinessWeek.com. Clougherty Packing Co.—owned by the Hormel Foods Corp.—supplies and makes products for Farmer John and Dodger Dogs. The company was accused of discriminating against female job applicants, and the suit was filed in part by the US Department of Labor. The settlement will be distributed to approximately 2,000 female applicants denied jobs between 2007 and 2009.
“We strongly deny any wrongdoing and reiterate our commitment to a discrimination-free workplace for our employees,” Hormel said in a released statement. “That said, we believe a settlement at this time is the right thing to do to allow Clougherty Packing to move forward with our business.”
It is interesting that Hormel denied any wrongdoing but agreed to settle with over 2,000 women. There is clearly some systematic problem with the company’s hiring process, or they would not be in this mess in the first place.
Hormel will have to do more than just pay out this settlement. They must ensure that the hiring process is fair and in compliance with the Civil Rights Act. If you have experienced any form of discrimination or harassment in the workplace, please contact our firm for a free consultation.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles discrimination lawyers