On January 22, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced that it was settling a case with Cargill Meat Solutions (“Cargill”) for $2.2 million relating to allegations of hiring discrimination based on race and gender. The settlement stemmed from OFCCP’s investigation of multiple Cargill facilities between 2005 and 2009. During these reviews, OFCCP alleged that Cargill’s hiring practices for production jobs at several of its facilities discriminated against 2,959 females, African-American, Hispanic, and Caucasian applicants. OFCCP also allegedly found a number of record-keeping violations at Cargill.
In addition to paying $2,236,218 in back wages, Cargill also agreed to extend job offers to 354 former applicants who were rejected for positions and to undertake extensive self-monitoring measures to ensure full compliance with OFCCP’s laws.