Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
December 2011 Events and News
US Labor Department Files Complaint Against Brunswick Corp. and Lund Boat Co. for Sex Discrimination
The OFCCP has filed an administrative complaint with the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges against Brunswick Corp. and Lund Boat Co., asserting that the companies discriminated against more than 200 women who applied for entry–level positions.
“Brunswick’s Chairman and CEO, Dustan McCoy, has stated a commitment to acting ethically,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. “By his own words, ‘Acting ethically simply means that we do what is right in all situations.’ So, we ask him now to do what is right for the women who sought a fair shot at employment with his company and for the taxpayers who deserve to know that their money is never used to discriminate.”
OFCCP is asking the companies to pay lost wages, interest and benefits to the women affected and to offer jobs to at least 27 of the women who applied for work. Brunswick Corp. and Lund Boat Co. are to remedy the violations or face restrictions on current and future government contracts.
Read the Labor Department’s news release.
US Labor Department Files Complaint Against Cargill Meat Solutions for Discrimination
OFCCP has filed a lawsuit against Cargill Meat Solutions, a major Defense contractor that engaged in systematic discrimination against more than 4,000 qualified job seekers. Following a scheduled compliance review, OFCCP investigators determined that the company violated the law by using a hiring process which unfairly discriminated against women and gave preference to Asian and Pacific Islanders over other groups.
“This is an unfortunate case in which thousands of qualified workers were denied the opportunity to compete fairly for jobs in a tough economy,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu.
OFCCP is calling for Cargill to provide back wages, interest and job offers to the affected workers. Until the company resolves all violations and corrects its discriminatory employment practices, OFCCP is asking the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges to cancel their existing government contracts and debar the company from entering into future ones.