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South Dakota cheese company settles discrimination charge

Published on December 18, 2012 3:01AM

Last changed on December 18, 2012 11:10AM

MILBANK, S.D. (AP) -- A South Dakota cheese making company has agreed to pay $85,000 to settle a sex discrimination charge.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Milbank-based Valley Queen Cheese Factory has agreed to pay the settlement to two female applicants rejected for the position of milk hauler.

The EEOC says the company refused to hire the women for the milk hauler positions and had a history of staffing the position exclusively with men.

In addition to the settlement, the company agreed to provide anti-discrimination training to all employees and expand its recruiting.

A representative from Valley Queen Cheese Factory did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Copyright 2012 The AP.


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