gavel- representing a suit against Convergys for failing to provide affirmative action plansJennie-O Turkey Store, Inc., a subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corporation, will pay nearly $492K and extend 53 employment offers to resolve hiring discrimination allegations. An audit at the company’s Willmar, Minnesota facility by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found that Jennie-O Turkey had used discriminatory hiring practices that adversely impacted 339 female applicants applying for laborer positions. The company has denied the allegations but has agreed to the terms set in a consent decree.

Consent Decree Terms & OFCCP Findings

  • An audit conducted by the OFCCP determined that from February 2009 to February 2010, Jennie-O used hiring practices that adversely discriminated against qualified female applicants for laborer positions.
  • Jennie-O was in violation of Executive Order 11246.
  • The audit prompted the OFCCP to file a consent decree and the lawsuit concurrently to resolve the issue.
  • An Office of Administrative Law judge has entered an order to adopt the consent decree.
  • Jennie-O will pay $491,861 in back pay to 339 female applicants who were denied laborer jobs.
  • Jennie-O also agrees to hire 53 qualified female applicants.
  • The company’s action will resolve a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit claiming Jennie-O Turkey, Inc. discriminated in its hiring practices.

TakeawayJennie-O Turkey is a supplier to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has received close to $360 million in government contracts. Jennie-O Turkey, like many federal contractors, is at risk of losing substantial income for failing to follow required affirmative action obligations. Companies need to closely monitor their hiring processes at all facilities to ensure that there are no discriminatory procedures in place. Additionally, federal contractors should consult with an affirmative action expert to review hiring processes as hiring an expert will be far less costly than any settlement.Contact us to review your hiring processes now at info@crincorporated.com.