The federal Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is suing New York Mills-based Lund Boat Co. and parent company Brunswick Corp., alleging discrimination against women in its hiring practices.
The company claims it seeks workers with prior manufacturing experience, but the OFCCP alleges that even women with manufacturing experience have a tougher time getting hired than men with similar backgrounds.
Lund and Brunswick hold federal contracts totaling approximately $23 million, mostly with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The OFCCP suit represents a class of approximately 200 women who applied for jobs at Lund. The suit seeks lost wages, interest and benefits. It also asks Lund to offer jobs to 27 well-qualified applicants.
Note: Government contracts are lucrative, but they bring an added level of scrutiny. Employers wanting to work for Uncle Sam can save themselves significant headaches by auditing their employment practices before they sign federal contracts.