Pilgrim''s Pride to pay $1 million in settlement
October 8, 2007
The U.S. Department of Labor recently said chicken producer Pilgrim''s Pride Corp. has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations that it engaged in hiring discrimination based on gender and ethnicity, according to the Associated Press. The Department''s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said in compliance evaluations of two of the company''s Texas facilities, it found that the company had discriminated against women based on gender and men based on ethnicity when hiring for entry-level laborer jobs. Pilgrim''s Pride said it agreed to this settlement to avoid the costs and time spent on litigation. Under the terms of the consent decrees, Pilgrim''s Pride will pay more than 4,500 applicants rejected by its Dallas facility $775,000 in back pay and interest, and will hire 361 unskilled laborers from the rejected applicant group. More than 800 applicants rejected by its Nacogdoches, Texas, facility will receive $225,000 in back pay and interest, and the company has agreed to hire more than 101 unskilled laborers from the rejected applicant pool.