Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Tyson Foods settles OFCCP discrimination claims

Tyson Foods, headlining recently with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Ash v. Tyson Foods is in the news again.

This time it's due to a
settlement with the Department of Labor's OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs).

The OFCCP, which enforces anti-discrimination laws for certain federal contractors, claims to have found several instances of discrimination--both gender and racial--after conducting compliance reviews from 2002-2004.

So what's the cost? $1.5 mil in backpay. But wait, that's not all. The company is also hiring 476 class members and undertaking "extensive self-monitoring measures for two years."

Let this be a lesson to everyone covered by Executive Order 11246--don't count the OFCCP out. Particularly in light of the recently issued
Internet Applicant rule and the impending creation of a database that will make it much easier to track employers covered by EO 11246.

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