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Brunswick boat subsidiary fined $295,000

Updated: November 4, 2012 1:54AM

CHICAGO — A subsidiary of Lake Forest-based Brunswick Corp., has reached an agreement to pay $295,000 in back wages and interest to 185 female workers who allegedly were denied entry-level positions.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said Tuesday the hiring discrimination settlement was with federal contractor Lund Boat Co.

Federal investigators conducted a review of Lund’s New York Mills, Minn., facility beginning in September 2007. Based on the findings, the agency determined Lund had failed to ensure that qualified female job applicants received equal consideration for employment without regard to their gender.

The department filed an administrative complaint with its Office of Administrative Law Judges on Nov. 30, 2011, alleging Lund officials had systematically discriminated against female job applicants in 2006 and 2007.

In addition to the financial remedies, the agreement requires Brunswick and Lund to extend job offers to at least 27 women in the original class as general laborer positions open. Seven class members already have been hired.

The companies also have agreed to maintain and retain required employment records, undertake extensive self-monitoring measures to ensure that all hiring practices fully comply with the law and submit detailed progress reports to OFCCP for the next two years.

In the past two years alone, Brunswick has held federal contracts worth more than $248 million with agencies including the Navy and Coast Guard.

Federal laws require those who do business with the federal government, both contractors and subcontractors, to follow the fair and reasonable standard that they not discriminate in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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