Meat Processor Enters $4M Consent Decree to Resolve Two Hiring Discrimination Cases

November 26, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and JBS USA have entered into a consent decree resolving allegations of hiring discrimination at the company's beef processing facilities in Hyrum, Utah, and Cactus, Texas. In the two cases, OFCCP alleged that JBS USA discriminated against female, black, Native American, and Hispanic applicants for general production laborer positions at its Hyrum and Cactus facilities. JBS USA will pay $4,000,000 in back wages and other monetary relief to 12,625 class members at the Hyrum and Cactus facilities and hire 1,664 of the applicants. To promote proactive compliance, OFCCP and JBS USA have agreed to undertake a five-year collaboration to enhance JBS' company-wide compliance with Executive Order 11246 and to foster a constructive relationship between the agency and the contractor. We recommend all employers that are or might think they are federal contractors contact SESCO to ensure compliance with OFCCP regulations.