Baldor to Pay $2 Million in Back Wages, Offer Jobs in Discrimination Settlement

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jun. 25, 2012 11:01 am  

The company also has agreed "to undertake extensive self-monitoring measures to ensure that all hiring practices fully comply with the law, including record-keeping requirements," the Labor Department said.

"I am pleased with this settlement, which reflects a mutual commitment between the Department of Labor and the leadership of Baldor to ensure that all workers have a fair and equal shot at competing for good jobs," Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said in a news release.

"Our shared goal is to create lasting change so that anyone who comes looking for work at Baldor can be sure that discrimination will never be a factor in determining who gets the job," she said.

According to the Labor Department, Baldor holds federal contracts worth more than $18 million with the General Services Administration and the U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs and Justice. It said that from 1997 to 2010, Baldor received $79 million to produce batteries and generators for federal agencies including General Services Administration, the Justice Department and the Army.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)



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