OFCCP Settles with Cargill Meat Solutions for more than $2.2 Million

By | January 22, 2014

On January 22, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a $2.2 million settlement with Cargill Meat Solutions, a distributor of beef, pork, and turkey products.  Since 2005, Cargill has held federal contracts amounting to over $1.4 billion.  The news release can be found at: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20140010.htm

The OFCCP alleged that Cargill engaged in hiring discrimination based on gender, race, and ethnicity.  The affected workers include women, African Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics.  Under the terms of the agreement, Cargill will pay $2,236,218 in back wages and interest to a class of 2,959 applicants who were rejected for production jobs and make 354 job offers as positions become available.  Cargill has also agreed to undertake extensive self-monitoring to ensure all hiring practices are compliant.  This settlement covers facilities located in Springdale, AR, Fort Morgan, CO, and Beardstown, IL.

Previously, in 2011, the OFCCP filed an administrative complaint against Cargill following a compliance review in Springdale, AR, alleging hiring discrimination against women, African Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics, and Native American applicants and the favoring of Asian and Pacific Islander applicants.  This settlement encompasses the previous complaint from 2011.

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 OFCCP’s settlement with Cargill Meat Solutions.