JBS agrees to $4M payment to settle back wages and other labor claims

Two facilities of JBS USA, including its JBS plant in Hyrum, are involved in a wages and labor dispute resulting in a $4 million settlement. According to the Associated Press, the company is making the payment as part of a consent decree to settle allegations by federal labor officials.

In two separate actions, the U.S. Department of Labor claimed that JBS USA engaged in discriminatory hiring practices against female, white, black, Native American and Latino applicants. They claimed that that JBS discriminated against these applicants for laborer positions at its facility in Hyrum and at a facility in Cactus, Texas.

JBS USA denies the allegations of discrimination.

The company has agreed to pay back wages and other monetary relief to 12,625 class members at those facilities and hire 1,664 of the applicants.

As part of the settlement, JBS also agreed to review and revise its hiring practices with the help of an independent workplace consultant and work with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Spokesman Cameron Bruett says in a statement JBS USA vehemently denies the allegations, but it believes “more can be accomplished through partnership.”

JBS Swift is the American branch of the world’s largest meat producer with its U.S. headquarters in Greeley, Colorado.

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