Michigan food giant to pay $1.85M after feds find gender-based discrimination
WYOMING, MI -- Gordon Food Service will pay $1.85 million in back wages and benefits as part of a settlement with the federal government for discriminating against female applicants.
Federal investigators found GFS "systematically discriminated" against 926 qualified women seeking entry-level warehouse laborer jobs at sites in Brighton and Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kenosha, Wisconsin; and Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
While not admitting guilt, the Michigan food distributor agreed to pay a total of $1.85 million to female applicants, hire 37 women in warehouse operations and stop using a strength test that is considered to be discriminatory.
It's the second time in less than a decade the Michigan-based food distributor has been sanctioned by U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs for hiring discrimination at its warehouses. The most recent investigation found the unlawful practices at twice as many facilities as in 2007.