Cargill Meat Solutions pays $2.2 million to settle discrimination charges

By WEEK Producer

Cargill Meat Solutions pays $2.2 million to settle discrimination charges

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM CDT

BEARDSTOWN, Ill. – Cargill Meat Solutions has agreed pay more than $2 million to settle charges of hiring discrimination.

Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, the company will pay $2,236,218 in back wages and interest to almost 3,000 applicants who were rejected for production jobs at three facilities across the country.

A lawsuit alleged that Cargill discriminated against African American and Caucasian applicants at their facility in Beardstown, Illinois between 2005 and 2009.

The settlement also includes back pay for female applicants who were discriminated against at a facility in Arkansas and Caucasian and Hispanic applicants who were discriminated against in Colorado.

In addition to the back pay and interest, Cargill has agreed to extend 354 job offers to affected workers as positions become available.

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