$325K Settlement Closes DOL’s Employment Discrimination Case Against N.J. Dairy Company

Companies that supply U.S. government agencies with milk and other dairy products have to comply with federal contractor nondiscrimination rules just as anyone else doing business with the government.

Among those rules is to have nondiscriminatory hiring processes that give women and minorities an equal shake at being hired.

According to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the division of the U.S. Department of Labor that enforces the federal contractor nondiscrimination rules, a dairy operating in New Jersey failed to live up to those obligations.

The OFCCP announced yesterday that federal contractor Cream-O-Land Dairy Inc. has resolved  claims of sex and race discrimination affecting 227 workers who applied for jobs  at the company’s dairy plant in Florence, N.J. An OFCCP review of the facility determined  that the dairy company used a hiring process that violated Executive Order  11246 because it discriminated against women, African Americans and Asian Americans  who applied for warehouse positions in 2010, the announcement said.

You could say that DOL milked this one for all it was worth, obtaining $325,000 in back pay, interest and benefits on behalf of the victims.

Cream-O-Land  Dairy Inc. delivers dairy products to grocery stores, supermarkets and schools  throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut. In Fiscal  Year 2012, Cream-O-Land sold more than $1.5 million worth of products to federal  agencies such as the Federal Prison System, Department of Veterans Affairs,  Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Logistics Agency and Department of the Army.

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