Tyson Foods Inc. Agrees to Pay $1.5 Million for Hiring Discrimination

Tyson Foods Inc. has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations that the company discriminated against women and minorities in hiring, the Labor Department announced Wednesday. The allegations of hiring discrimination involved six facilities in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The allegations emerged during government compliance evaluations conducted from 2002 through 2004.

Tyson has also agreed to correct discriminatory practices and to conduct extensive monitoring measures for two years to make sure that all hiring practices fully comply with the law, according to the DOL.

The suit followed OFCCP previous findings that Tyson discriminated against 1354 rejected female applicants for entry-level laborer positions at three Tyson chicken processing plants in Van Buren, Clarksville and Berryville, Arkansas. The agency also found that Tyson discriminated against 998 rejected minority applicants for entry-level laborer positions at chicken processing plants in Grannis, Ark. and Broken Bow, Okla., and discriminated against 225 rejected minority applicants for long haul driver positions at Tyson's long haul terminal in Springdale, Ark.

Here is the DOL Press Release