A national meat producer and owner of a Central Illinois factory is paying millions of dollars to settle hiring discrimination charges. Cargill Meat Solutions was slapped with federal charges of hiring discriminations based on race and sex. The company has a facility in Beardstown, in Cass County, southwest of Peoria. Cargill is paying two point two million dollars in back wages and interest to nearly three thousand applicants. The suit claims either female, Hispanic, African American, or Caucasian applicants were rejected for production jobs between 2005 and 2009 at plants in Illinois, Arkansas, and Colorado. Cargill has also agreed to give job offers to more than 350 affected workers when positions open.
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