McCormick & Co., Inc. recently agreed to pay $300,000 in back pay and interest to settle allegations that the company discriminated against female job applicants at its facility in Irving, Texas. As part of the settlement, the company also agreed to hire 27 female applicants for production worker positions.
The charges stemmed from a compliance review conducted by the U.S. Labor Department in 2002 and 2003. The agency's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the company engaged in hiring discrimination against female applicants who applied for production jobs.
McCormick, which has denied any wrongdoing, also agreed to initiate self-monitoring measures for six months to ensure that its hiring practices comply with the law.