Tyson accused of discriminatory hiring

Tyson accused of discriminatory hiring

Tyson Foods has reached an agreement to settle allegations of "hiring discrimination" at six of its locations in Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico.

The US meat giant will pay back wages, interest and benefits to more than 5,700 people who were rejected for positions at the food group between 2007 and 2010, the US Department of Labor revealed. Compensation totals US$1.6m, the department said yesterday (4 October).

The move comes following an investigation by the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which found Tyson's hiring processes and selection procedures at the six facilities discriminated between applicants "on the basis of sex, race and/or ethnicity".

The decision relates to Tyson's facilities in Amarillo, Houston and Sherman in Texas; Rogers and Russellville in Arkansas; and Santa Theresa in New Mexico.

Tyson did not admit liability but the meat processor did agree to extend job offers to 474 of the affected workers as positions become available. The company is also revising its hiring and training practices.

"Federal contractors are obligated to give every applicant a fair and equal shot at competing for good jobs," said OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu. "Tyson has agreed to fully cooperate to remedy past violations and ensure its selection practices at these facilities are in full compliance with the law."