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Ameriprise Financial Inc.

Ameriprise Financial Inc., a financial planning company, will pay $128,200 to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination at its Minneapolis, MN, facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 20 black employees by paying them less than white counterparts. Ameriprise denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Ameriprise will review and evaluate policies affecting compensation, will continue to provide equal employment compensation training, and will monitor base salary as well as administration of non-base compensation and benefits.

AmeriQual Group LLC

AmeriQual Group LLC, a food processing company, will pay $325,532 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Evansville, IN, facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 221 qualified men who applied for entry-level Production 1 positions and were not hired. AmeriQual Group LLC has agreed to resolve the issue through a Consent Decree. Under the agreement, AmeriQual Group LLC will also extend job offers until 27 male Class Members from the Priority Employment List have been hired or until the list is exhausted, whichever occurs first. AmeriQual Group LLC will modify its applicant selection procedures to ensure it do not create barriers to employment, and require all employees involved in its application/selection and hiring process to participate in a minimum of two (2) hours of equal employment opportunity training.

Apex Systems, LLC

Apex Systems, LLC (Apex), a staffing firm specializing in information technology, life sciences, and healthcare, will pay $148,500 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Atlanta, Georgia establishment. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 82 qualified Black applicants who applied for Recruiter positions and were not hired. Apex denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Apex will also extend 6 job opportunities and revise its selection procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.

Compass Group USA, Inc.

Compass Group USA, Inc. (Compass), a hotel and hospitality services establishment, will pay a total of $29,921.16 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Morrison Sector@ Mobile Infirmary, #1055 facility located in Mobile, Alabama. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 189 qualified Black applicants who applied for Service Worker positions and were not hired. Compass denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, the contractor will also extend 8 job opportunities to Eligible Class Members as positions become available.

Crossmatch Technologies

Crossmatch Technologies (Crossmatch), a leading biometric identity management solutions company, will pay $49,305.29 to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination at its Palm Beach Gardens, Florida headquarters. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 13 women by paying them less than their male counterparts. Crossmatch denies these claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Crossmatch will also make pay adjustments and revise its compensation policies and procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.

Hormel Foods Corporation

Hormel Foods Corporation, a hog-processing facility, will pay $550,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Fremont, NE, facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 403 qualified women who applied for Entry–Level Production positions and were not hired. Hormel Foods Corporation denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Hormel Foods Corporation will also extend 37 job opportunities.

John Q. Hammons Hotels Management, LLC

John Q. Hammons Hotels Management, LLC (JQH), former employer of the employees at World Golf Village Resort Hotel (World Golf), a hotel and hospitality services establishment, will pay a total of $47,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its St. Augustine, Florida facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 75 qualified women who applied for Banquet Set Up & Housekeeping Utility positions and were not hired. JQH denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Atrium Hospitality LP, current owner and operator of World Golf will also extend 5 job opportunities to Eligible Class Members as positions become available.

John W. Stone Oil Distributor, LLC

John W. Stone Oil Distributor, LLC, supplies dockside, midstreaming and offshore fueling, will pay $271,444 in back pay and $28,556 in interest to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Gretna, Louisiana, facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 51 qualified minorities who applied for Deckhand positions and were not hired. JW Stone denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, JW Stone will also extend 10 job opportunities.

Land O’ Lakes, Inc.

Land O’ Lakes, Inc, an agricultural industry, will pay $42,000 to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination at its Shoreview, MN facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 14 qualified female employees that were compensated less than similarly situated male employees. Land O’ Lakes, Inc denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Land O’ Lakes will distribute $42,000 to eligible class members.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions – Boca Raton, FL

LexisNexis Risk Solutions (LexisNexis), a risk management and information retrieval services company, will pay $272,919.84 to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination at its Boca Raton, Florida facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 26 women by paying them less than their male counterparts. LexisNexis denies these claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, LexisNexis will also make pay adjustments and revise its compensation policies and procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions – Alpharetta, GA

LexisNexis Risk Solutions (LexisNexis), a risk management and information retrieval services company, will pay $953,493.70 to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination at its Alpharetta, Georgia facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 185 women by paying them less than their male counterparts. LexisNexis denies these claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, LexisNexis will also make pay adjustments and revise its compensation policies and procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.

Medline Industries Inc.

Medline Industries Inc., a surgical and medical instrument manufacturing and distributing, will pay $$99,999.99 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Waukegan, Illinois, facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 44 male applicants for line assembly positions and against 53 female applicants for packager positions. Medline Industries Inc. denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Medline Industries Inc. will also extend two (2) male and three (3) female job opportunities and will review and evaluate policies affecting hiring selection process.

Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Sears), a leading retail store brand, will pay $107,500 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its now–closed Mobile, Alabama facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 1,064 qualified Black applicants who were not hired for Sales positions. Sears denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Sears will also extend 12 job opportunities at other stores in the Mobile metropolitan area and revise its selection procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Louisiana, LLC

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Louisiana, LLC (“Glazer’s”), a wholesale distributor of spirits, wines, and malt beverages, will pay $175,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its St. Rose, LA, facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 467 qualified blacks who applied for Warehouse Worker positions and were not hired. Glazer’s denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Consent Decree. Under the decree, Glazer’s will also extend 13 job offers to affected class members.

Splunk, Inc.

Splunk, Inc., a software company that specializes, in collecting, analyzing and storing machine generated big data, will pay $2.7 million in back pay to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its San Francisco, CA facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 872 African American and Asian applicants who applied for Technical Professional, Senior Technical Professional, and Administrative Professional positions and were not hired. Splunk, Inc. denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Splunk, Inc. will also extend 11 job offers. Splunk, Inc. has also agreed to hire an independent expert (subject to OFCCP approval) to review and evaluate Splunk, Inc.’s hiring and recruitment practices to ensure equal employment opportunity.

Unifirst Corporation

UniFirst Corporation (UniFirst), a workplace uniform and laundry services company, will pay $75,000 to resolve allegations of placement discrimination at its Charlotte, North Carolina facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 17 women by disproportionately assigning them to lower paying Job Group 7 Production positions while males were hired into higher-paying Job Group 7 Production positions. UniFirst denies these claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, UniFirst will also extend 7 job opportunities with retroactive seniority to eligible class members who return to work for the company, and revise its policies and procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.

Unifirst will also pay $116,505.76 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Charlotte, North Carolina facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 494 men who applied for Job Group 7 Production positions and were not hired. UniFirst denies these claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, UniFirst will also extend 6 job opportunities and revise its policies and procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.