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Dodger Dog maker settles sex-discrimination claims

December 18, 2012 |  7:11 pm

The company that makes Dodger Dog has agreed to pay $439,000 in back wages to resolve claims of sexual discrimination in hiring following a federal labor investigation.

Clougherty Packing Co., a federal contractor and subsidiary of Hormel Food Corp.,  has settled allegations that it discriminated against 1,988 female job applicants, mostly Latinas, who applied for jobs at the company’s Los Angeles meat-packing plant between 2007 and 2009, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Labor. The investigation was conducted by the department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

In addition to the back wages, the company agreed to make job offers to some 700 of the women as job openings arise.

Clougherty sells more than 400 million pounds of pork products a year. They include Farmer John hot dogs and Dodger Dogs, which are sold at Dodger Stadium. The company, which Hormel purchased in 2004, is also a federal contractor, providing food for public assistance programs.

Women who applied and were rejected for laborer positions at Clougherty’s Los Angeles facility between Feb. 10, 2007, and Feb. 9, 2009, may be eligible for the back wages, interest and job opportunities in this settlement, according to the Labor Department, and are urged to call (800) 397-6251 for more information.


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