Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is ordered to pay $2.25 million in backwages, interest and benefits to more than 1,650 qualified femalejob applicants to settle sex discrimination allegations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal ContractCompliance Programs.

The women were rejected for employment at facilities in Joslin,Ill.; West Point, Neb.; and Waterloo and Denison, Iowa.

“Companies that profit from federal contracts must notdiscriminate in employment decisions,” says Secretary of LaborHilda L. Solis. “Today’s settlement, one of the largest in OFCCP’shistory, means that women who were unfairly denied jobopportunities will be compensated.” OFCCP found Tyson FreshMeats had violated Executive Order 11246, which forbids federalcontractors from discriminating based on sex, during the fourfacilities’ compliance reviews. The $2.25 million settlement willbe divided among the women as required under the settlementterms.

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