Today's Date: May 11, 2021
Tina Gravel, Jean O’Neill, and Tamara Prazak Named to CRN’s 2021 Women of the Channel List   •   Meenta Announces Partnership with Mirimus for K-12 Pooled Saliva COVID-19 Testing   •   Statement - A plan to ensure greater funding for First Nations children, families and communities   •   University Of North Texas System Partners With The Dallas Morning News To Launch New Podcast   •   Even when they include them, gifted programs aren't serving Black and low-income kids   •   PIH Health Achieves Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award™   •   Future plc Acquires Marie Claire US   •   Black Voices for Black Justice Fund Announces Third Round of Awards to Expand the Impact of Black Activists Advancing Racial Jus   •   Government of Canada to provide support to communities in Nunavut to address the COVID-19 pandemic   •   The Future Is HBCU At OZY Fest   •   CRN Foundation Announces Launch of Vitamin D & Me!™ Consumer Education Website on Vitamin D and COVID-19   •   Cordoba Corporation Welcomes Emilio Cruz as Senior Vice President   •   DCF Secretary Shevaun Harris Announces Launch of “OUR Florida” to Provide Rental Assistance to Floridians and Busine   •   SITE Centers Announces 9% Increase in Common Stock Dividend   •   InterPrice Technologies, Inc. Certified as a Woman-Owned Business   •   Parentis Foundation Emerges from the Pandemic with Stories of Success   •   Skechers Announces Participation at the Morgan Stanley Life After Covid: 2021 Thematic Conference   •   Sun West’s Diana Montoya-Cortes Becomes One of the First Puerto Ricans to Make Scotsman Guide’s ‘Top Originato   •   Johns Hopkins University And Bloomberg Philanthropies Announce The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative, A $150 Million Effort To F   •   AshBritt Works with Autism Speaks, Best Buddies to Create Positive Vaccine Experiences for Individuals with Disabilities
Bookmark and Share

Nation's 2nd Largest Food Wholesaler Sued For Discrimination

LUMBERTON, N.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs have filed an administrative complaint against Nash Finch Co. for systematically discriminating against more than 80 qualified women who applied for order selector positions at the company's Lumberton facility. Nash Finch is the second-largest publicly traded wholesale food distributor in the United States and is based in Minneapolis, Minn. The company contracts with the federal government to provide goods and services to more than 200 military bases in the U.S. and overseas.

Over the past decade, OFCCP settled discrimination cases with Nash Finch facilities in Norfolk, Va., St. Cloud, Minn., and Omaha, Neb. In those cases, OFCCP uncovered serious violations of the law with regard to recordkeeping and hiring discrimination, and found the company's policies and procedures created an uneven playing field for women, minorities and veterans seeking employment with the company.
"It is unacceptable that a company which profits from lucrative federal contracts would repeatedly violate the law in this manner," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. "Nash Finch has demonstrated an unfortunate pattern and practice of hiring discrimination, and the American taxpayers should not have to bankroll this company's bad behavior anymore."
Order selectors at the Lumberton facility pull warehouse stock to fill customer orders. Under Executive Order 11246, federal contractors cannot discriminate in employment practices based on gender. However, data collected from Nash Finch during a six-month period showed striking hiring discrepancies. The company hired approximately 6 percent of qualified female applicants versus 26 percent of male applicants. In 2007 and 2008, there were no women in any order selector positions at the Lumberton distribution center.
The Labor Department's administrative complaint seeks remedies for the rejected applicants, including lost wages, benefits and interest for more than 80 affected class members, as well as job offers and retroactive seniority for at least 11 of the original applicants. Moreover, OFCCP is petitioning the Labor Department's administrative law judge to cancel all of Nash Finch's existing federal contracts and debar the company from entering into any future contracts until the violations are resolved and the company corrects its discriminatory employment practices.
In addition to Executive Order 11246, OFCCP's legal authority exists under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. As amended, these three laws hold those who do business with the federal government, both contractors and subcontractors, to the fair and reasonable standard that they not discriminate in employment on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.  


STORY TAGS: WOMEN, MINORITY, DISCRIMINATION, DIVERSITY, FEMALE, UNDERREPRESENTED, EQUALITY, GENDER BIAS, EQUALITY

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News