LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department says one of the nation’s largest meatpackers systematically discriminated against more than 4,000 qualified applicants who sought entry-level jobs at a turkey processing plant in Arkansas.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has filed a complaint against Cargill Meat Solutions, a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Cargill, Inc. Officials want to cancel Cargill’s existing government contracts and prevent future contracts until the company stops what they call discriminatory practices.

Cargill Meat Solutions holds contracts worth more than $550 million with the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Labor Department says women were less likely to be hired and Asian and Pacific Islander applicants were unfairly favored.

Cargill spokesman Mike Martin says the company is disappointed by the allegations and minorities make up 84 percent of the plant’s workforce.

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Comments (5)
  1. stubby says:

    Sued because they have too many minorities?????? I going to sue the Black Coaches Association because they have no whites. Not one single white in the Miss Black America pageant. Stop all of this bs now! Too many whites, too many blacks, not enough blacks, too many asians, not enough white women..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  2. Kevin says:

    Aint diversity grand???? There are Asians in Ark? Thats surprising…….

    1. nice husband says:

      well whites are there too.aint that some? Indian land

  3. rocky says:

    america is SUE crazy, you can get sued if u look at somebody wrong….the laws in this country are a joke……

  4. rocks` says:

    and i might add ….all the law suets (especially CLASS ACTION) are just for the lawers to get $$$$$$. they have nothing to do with the good of the little guy….

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