$84,750 Is Cost to Milk Manufacturer For Repeatedly Denying Promotions to Woman

Not promoting a qualified female candidate but instead promoting less-qualified men proved costly for a milk manufacturer in Michigan.

Country Fresh LLC, which operates in Livonia, Michigan, will pay $84,750 to settle a Title VII sex discrimination lawsuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Wednesday.

The EEOC filed this suit against the company in April 2016, alleging it denied the employee promo­tions to positions such as production supervisor. She had worked in various production jobs throughout the plant, had decades of experience, and was repeatedly bypassed for promotions while men were promoted, the EEOC charged.

Qualified women who are passed over for a promotion because of their sex should file a discrimination charge with the EEOC,” said EEOC Trial Attorney Nedra Campbell. “Filing a charge allows us to investigate these claims and identify cases of discrimination. Country Fresh should be commended for resolving this case at this juncture and committing to review its personnel policies.”

Country Fresh, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dean Foods, which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Dean Foods is a large food and beverage company that specializes in dairy products. It has plants both in the United States and abroad.

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