Tyson agrees to pay $1.5 million to settle hiring case
Tyson Foods, which has been involved in a federal
dispute over hiring practices, will pay $1.5 million to 2,500 women and minority
said that it had
not committed any violations of hiring practices at the poultry plants or
trucking facility identified in the US Labor Department's findings, but that
it had agreed to settle in order to avoid potentially costly and drawn-out
The Labor Department
alleged that the company discriminated against certain women and minority job
applicants for entry-level production jobs in poultry plants and some trucking
"This administration is strongly committed to ensuring that all Americans
are hired, promoted, and compensated fairly," Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said
in the statement announcing the settlement. "Failure to comply with workplace
discrimination laws could be a very expensive mistake."
Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson said there were legitimate reasons for
denying the entry-level applicants jobs. The company said that a lack of time
and incomplete documentation of its hiring selection processes made it difficult
to defend its practices. The company said it has since implemented new
procedures to ensure the retention of all relevant documentation of its
selection processes and is conducting more frequent audits of its employment
Tyson also said it will make employment offers to some of the individuals
named in the suit who are still interested in working for the company.
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