OFCCP Enters Into a Settlement with Monsanto with No Monetary Payments

By | July 26, 2012

On July 26, 2012, a consent decree between the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Monsanto Company was approved by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).  Monsanto maintains that they do not have any discriminatory hiring practices as alleged by the OFCCP and entered into the consent decree to avoid further litigation.

During a 2006 Compliance Review, the OFCCP determined that Monsanto had hired 26 applicants for the position of Operator-Mechanic-Engineer (O-M-E).  All of the hires were male.  There were 54 female applicants for the position.  Monsanto claims the female applicants were rejected for legal business reasons such as being under qualified.

Monsanto denied any claims of discrimination but agreed to a consent decree with several conditions, including: the selection of six class members for a year long apprentice program; an offer of a full time position to those that successfully complete the training; additional good faith efforts to increase qualified female applicants; expand outreach efforts for women; and the submission of semi-annual reports for two years detailing women who apply for and attend the training program.  The settlement of the allegations of discriminatory hiring practices is of particular interest because it does not include any monetary payments.

Please contact us by calling (732) 446-2529 or sending us an e-mail at glennbarlett@gbcs.net if you are interested in discussing the settlement with Monsanto Company.