On May 11, 2016, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a settlement with Gordon Food Services, Inc. for $1.85 million, to be paid to a class of 926 women. The settlement is to resolve allegations of systematic discrimination, including the use of a strength test in the hiring process. The news release can be found at: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/ofccp/ofccp20160511.
The OFCCP alleged that Gordon Food Services systematically discriminated against 926 qualified females applying for entry-level warehouse laborer positions. During the investigation period, the OFCCP found that due to the alleged discriminatory hiring practices, only six females were hired compared to nearly 300 males. As part of the settlement, Gordon Food Services will pay $1.85 million to the class, hire 37 of the class members, and stop using a strength test. This is the second settlement entered into with the OFCCP for Gordon Food Services. In 2007 there was a settlement for $450,000 to resolve charges of alleged sex discrimination in hiring for similar positions at two other warehouses.
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