USDA Contractor Pays Up Over Race, Sex Bias Claims

Law360, New York (October 20, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT) -- Federal contractor Caviness Beef Packers Ltd. has agreed to pay $600,000 to resolve allegations that it discriminated against nearly 750 job applicants based on race and gender, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.

The Amarillo, Texas-based company — which does business as Palo Duro Meat Processing Inc. in Amarillo and Caviness Packing in Hereford, Texas — agreed to pay the job applicants $450,000 in back wages and $150,000 in interest as well as offer jobs to 81 people as positions become available.

Caviness said the...
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