MINNEAPOLIS — Nash Finch Co. has agreed to pay $188,500 in back wages and interest to 84 women who were rejected for entry level positions at the distributor’s Lumberton, N.C., warehouse, the U.S. Department of Labor said.
The settlement ends a dispute brought against Nash Finch by the labor department’s Office of Federal Compliance Programs, which enforces affirmative action and equal employment opportunity requirements for companies that do business with the federal government. Nash Finch is a leading food supplier to U.S. military commissaries.
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The DOL said its investigation revealed that Nash Finch failed to ensure qualified female job applicants received equal consideration for employment without regard to gender as required by Executive Order 11246 between May 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2006. The agency filed suit over the matter in 2010.
In addition to financial remedies, Nash will be required to extend job offers to up to 12 women in the original class as order selector positions become available. The company must also submit progress reports to OFCP for the next two years.
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