Nishimoto Trading Company, an Asian food importer based in Southern California, has agreed to pay $400,000 to 71 women in conciliation settlement with the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which found the company had engaged in sex discrimination. OFCCP found that Tyson Fresh Meats violated Executive Order 11246 “by failing to meet its obligations as a federal contractor to ensure that qualified job applicants receive equal consideration for employment without regard to their sex, race, color, religion, or national origin.”

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis stated, “Those who do business with our government are expected to follow our laws. I am pleased the Department of Labor was able to work out a fair settlement with Nishimoto that will guarantee women¬†¬† the right to compete fairly for good jobs.”

The settlement money will cover back wages and interest for the employees, who were denied positions as sales associates at Nishimoto’s Santa Fe Springs, California facility. Nishimoto will also offer jobs to 14 women who were previously denied jobs.

Associated Press 11/17/11; Department of Labor Statement 11/17/11