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Nash Finch to pay back wages in sex discrimination settlement

Posted September 28, 2012 4:04 p.m. EDT

— In a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor, wholesale foods distributor Nash Finch Co. has been ordered to pay back wages and interest to 84 women who were denied employment at the company’s Lumberton warehouse.

The agreement, which was announced Friday, ends a gender discrimination complaint filed in November 2010 by the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. The complaint alleged that Nash Finch failed to give equal consideration to qualified women who applied for jobs as order selectors during a nine-month period in 2006.

Under the settlement, the company will pay $188,500 in back wages and interest, and extend job offers to as many as 12 of the original female applicants.

Based in Minneapolis, Nash Finch is the second-largest publicly traded wholesale food distributor in the nation. It has received more than $14 million in federal contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to provide goods and services to military bases in the U.S. and abroad.

“I am glad we were able to achieve a fair resolution in this case,” Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith said in a statement. “Our economy cannot afford to lose the skills and talents of millions of American women who count on us to enforce equal opportunity laws so that they can find good jobs without fear of discrimination.”