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NJ dairy to pay $324K over race, sex bias claims

12-31-13

FLORENCE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey-based dairy company that sells to stores and schools in the Northeast and to federal agencies has settled claims of sex and race discrimination.

The U.S. Labor Department says a review of hiring by Cream-O-Land Dairy in Florence, N.J., in 2010 and 2011 found that the company discriminated against female, black and Asian applicants for warehouse jobs.

The government says 227 job applicants were affected.

Cream-O-Land denies wrongdoing but agreed to pay $324,000 in back wages, interest and benefits to the rejected applicants.

It also agreed to make 24 job offers to affected class members and to ensure there is no further alleged discrimination.

Cream-O-Land declined comment Tuesday.

It sells to stores and schools in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware as well as to federal agencies including Veterans Affairs and the Army.