Gerber To Pay $900,000 For Discrimination

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that Gerber Products Co. in Fort Smith will pay $900,000 to settle allegations of hiring discrimination.

The Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs on Tuesday announced the agreement to pay 1,912 minorities and females.

The agreement settles the department's allegations that Gerber engaged in hiring discrimination against minority and female applicants for one year.

Gerber will not only pay back pay and interest, but will provide 61 entry-level positions, 11 of which have already been hired.

The company has also agreed to self-monitoring measures to ensure all hiring practices fully comply with the law and immediately correct any discriminatory practice.

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