Dairymens settles discrimination case

(Plain Press, December 2004) The U.S. Department of Labor announced that Oberlin Farms Dairy LLC, doing business as Dairymens, has agreed to settle findings of hiring discrimination against minority job applicants. The agreement resolves the department’s allegations that the company discriminated against black applicants for route driver positions at the company’s facility on W. 106 th Street in Cleveland.

During a recent audit of the company’s employment practices, investigators from the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found that Dairymens discriminated when it rejected 32 qualified black job applicants because of their race. The investigation covered the period from July 2001 to June 2002.

“Employer hiring policies should be based on fairness for all applicants,” said Sandra Scott Zeigler, OFCCP’s Midwest Regional Director in Chicago. “OFCCP is committed to ensuring that all applicants are afforded equal employment opportunity in the hiring process by federal contractors.”

As part of the settlement reached with the Labor Department, back wages of $46,877 will be paid to 32 black applicants who were unlawfully subjected to discrimination. The company will hire four black applicants. The value of the settlement for those four applicants is $168, 577 in terms of future annual salary and benefits.

Dairymens provides dairy and milk products to Veteran Administration medical centers and canteen facilities throughout Ohio.

OFCCP, an agency of the U.S. Labor Department’s Employment Standards Administration, enforces Executive order 11246 and other laws that prohibit employment discrimination by federal contractors. The agency monitors federal contractors to ensure that they provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability or veterans’ status.


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