Caldwell company pays $200,000 to settle discrimination claims
Crookham Co., a seed company based in Caldwell, will pay $200,000 in civil penalties to the federal government to settle allegations that the company illegally discriminated against non-U.S. citizens.
The Justice Department announced the agreement Monday. The agreement also subjects Crookham Co. to three years of monitoring.
“We want to do things right, and we had a few errors which we immediately corrected,” the company’s CEO George Crookham told the Statesman Monday. “They [the Labor Department] brought it to our attention.”
Crookham said the violations resulted from “oversight and misunderstanding.”
In the settlement agreement, the company denied violating the law.