Food wholesaler Nash Finch has settled complaints it discriminated against women at its Lumberton facility. Based in Minnesota, Nash Finch is the nation’s second largest food wholesaler and has received $14 million in federal contract payments since 2005.
The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) investigated complaints that the company was refusing to hire women for entry-level positions at its Lumberton plant. Under the settlement, Nash Finch will pay $188,500 in back wages and interest to 84 female job applicants.
The OFCCP investigated the company’s hiring practices from May 2005 to December 2006. It found the company failed to ensure qualified female job applicants received equal consideration for employment without regard to sex. That violates a federal executive order.
In addition to the monetary settlement, Nash Finch must offer jobs to 12 women who applied for jobs during the period the OFCCP investigated. It must also submit progress reports to the OFCCP for the next two years.
Note: Federal contractors face an additional layer of scrutiny when it comes to discrimination complaints. Proper training for employees involved in the hiring process will go a long way to preventing complaints.