A meat processing company in Chicago accused of discriminating against black applicants and workers will pay $ 1.1 million to settle a lawsuit from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency said Friday. Inc. found that the company favored hiring Latin American applicants over black applicants despite being located in a largely black neighborhood on Chicago's south side.
The company is alleged to have discriminated against black applicants in employment and exposed black employees to racist harassment, the agency said. It was also stated that a black employee was fired because of his race and in retaliation for complaining about racist harassment.
The company was prosecuted for violating Section VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1
Consent Decree that resolved the case, which was filed in 2018 in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, requires the Chicago Meat Authority to pay a total of $ 1.1 million to victims of discrimination and to employ rejected applicants who still want a job at the company. It also prohibits the company from discriminating in the future.
Chicago Meat Authority President Jordan Dorfman said in a statement that the company "has embraced being an equal employer" since its inception in 1990, and the case was the result of complaints from a "handful" of employees who had resigned in 2013.  He said that although the company has denied all allegations, it made a business decision to resolve the matter, "without acknowledging incorrect methods, rather than continuing with a very costly defense."