Minnesota food service company to give back pay to female workers paid less than male counterparts

By Marian Johns | Oct 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Minnesota food service company accused of gender pay discrimination by the U.S. Department of Labor has agreed to pay $399,000 in back pay and interest to nearly 100 female employees at its Minnesota facility, according to the federal government. 

A'viands Food & Service Management agreed to the settlement after the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found the company paid female employees in food service director exempt positions less than their male counterparts in similar positions, according to the Department of Labor. 

"Federal contractors must ensure their pay practices do not discriminate," OFCCP Chicago acting regional director Carmen Navarro said in a statement.  "The U.S. Department of Labor remains committed to holding companies with federal contracts accountable in ensuring equal employment opportunity at their facilities."

As part of the settlement, A'viands must review its employee compensation practices to determine any disproportionate compensation for female workers and provide compensation monitoring and equal employment opportunity training, according to the Labor Department.

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