Minnetonka-based G&K Services has settled sex discrimination charges leveled by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
G&K provides textile rental services to several federal agencies. The OFCCP alleged the company steered women into lower paying jobs at its Santa Fe Springs, Calif., facility.
Although the company denied any wrongdoing, it elected to settle the charges to avoid costly litigation. The company will pay $265,983 to 59 women who were denied the opportunity to compete for the higher-paying jobs. Those women will also receive job offers for the higher-paying jobs.
The company will also pay men who were prevented from obtaining other jobs at the facility. The company will pay 331 men a total $23,968 and three men from that class will receive job offers.
Note: Companies that do work for the federal government must keep their houses in order. They face an additional layer of regulatory scrutiny.
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