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Lawler Foods to pay $1M to settle race bias charges

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Houston-based Lawler Foods will pay $1,042,000 to settle charges it discriminated against applicants who aren’t of Hispanic origin. Three black applicants filed discrimination charges after Lawler refused to hire them.

An EEOC investigation revealed the company discriminated by expressing a preference for Spanish-speaking employees and advertising openings through word-of-mouth in the Hispanic community. The EEOC alleged the practice had a disparate impact on black and other non-Hispanic job applicants.

In addition to the monetary damages, the company agreed to a four-year consent decree under which they will seek to recruit and hire black and other non-Hispanic applicants for production jobs. Lawler will train employees and managers on nondiscriminatory hiring practices to avoid violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and monitor its hiring practices to assure compliance.

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