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Baldor Electric Co. is to pay $2 million to settle allegations regarding systemic discrimination based on the company’s applicant screening process at its facility in Fort Smith, Ark., according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

OFCCP investigators say Baldor Electric’s practices violated Executive Order 11246 by creating an unequal impact on women and minorities, resulting in 795 qualified women, African-Americans, Asians and Hispanics being denied the chance to move on to the interview stage when applying for production and laborer positions.

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