A California-based meals firm has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a federal lawsuit after being accused of hiring solely Hispanic staff – and rejecting job seekers who have been white, black, Asian or members of different non-Hispanic teams.
Marquez Brothers of San Jose, which makes El Mexicano-brand cheeses, yogurts, meats and different meals, agreed to the deal after being sued by two African-American job candidates who have been refused paperwork after looking for jobs on the firm’s location in Hanford, Calif., the U.S. Equal Employment Alternative Fee stated Wednesday.
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One skilled job seeker was rejected “despite having been better qualified than those ultimately hired,” the EEOC stated in an announcement.
Based on the Fresno Bee, the settlement applies to Marquez Brothers crops in 9 states – Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
“This resolution should send a strong message to employers that the EEOC is dedicated to its mission,” Melissa Barrios, director of the EEOC’s workplace in Fresno, instructed The Enterprise Journal.
Except for the $2 million fee, the corporate has agreed to take care of a monitoring system for all discrimination complaints filed in opposition to it, The Enterprise Journal reported.
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Anybody believing the corporate wrongfully discriminated in opposition to them ought to contact the EEOC by calling a toll-free quantity, 855-725-4456, the company stated.