Perdue Fined For Hiring Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor says Salisbury-based Perdue Farms will pay more than $800,000 for failing to comply with federal employment laws at three poultry processing plants. Authorities concluded Perdue’s hiring practices systematically discriminated against more than 5,000 non-Hispanic job applicants. Under an agreement with the Labor Department, Perdue will pay back wages and interest to the applicants and hire more than 750 non-Hispanics into laborer positions. The hired workers will receive retroactive service dates for their promotion rights and benefit calculations. The plants involved are in Rockingham, NC, Dillon, SC, and Monterey, Tenn.

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