The federal government is suing a Colorado-based company, saying it systematically discriminated against qualified job applicants at its meatpacking plant in Utah.
The Labor Department, in the complaint filed with its Office of Administrative Law Judges, cited a number of violations by JBS USA at its plant in Hyrum.
JBS is accused of discriminating against female, Caucasian, African American and American Indian applicants seeking entry-level jobs at the plant, located about 90 miles north of Salt Lake City.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Herald Journal of Logan reports federal contracts held by JBS are in jeopardy as a result of the suit.
Based in Greeley, Colorado, JBS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazilian meat-processing giant JBS S.A.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said this week that he hopes Republican leaders in the state Legislature do not focus on passing a so-called right-to-work bill.
Walker made the comments on Dec. 3, a day after Republican Rep. Chris Kapenga of Delafield said he planned to introduce right-to-work legislation during the upcoming session.
Walker did not say whether he would sign a possible bill, but reiterated that he is discouraging legislative leaders from taking up the issue.
He said it would be a distraction from priorities like balancing a budget, tax reform and other steps to help the state’s economy.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said in July he didn’t intend to pursue the issue in 2015 but on Dec. 1 issued a statement saying he looked forward to discussing the benefits of becoming a right-to-work state.
In a statement earlier this week, in reference to a group lobbying for the bill, Wisconsin AFL-CIO president Phil Neuenfeldt said, “So-called Right to Work means fewer Wisconsin jobs, not more. Right to Work is a policy that attacks Wisconsin’s workers, our wages, our safety on the job and our middle class. Right to Work is nothing more than an attempt by corporate special interests to drive down wages and erode the middle class.
“The formation of this group is just another way for CEOs and multinational corporations to weaken unions and stack the deck even more in their favor, all at the expense of our middle class. It’s a power grab by the same people who ship our jobs overseas and offshore their profits to avoid paying taxes, shifting the burden to the rest of us — the same people who oppose raising the minimum wage and support privatizing Social Security.”
He said the Legislature should “focus on critical issues like creating good-paying jobs and reviving our sluggish economy.”
Milwaukee’s Diverse & Resilient Inc. wants to hire three people for its HIV-prevention team.
A release from D&R said, “The people who fill these full-time positions will work effectively with internal and external partners in the public and non-profit sectors to address HIV prevention and other related health disparities. They must be eager and competent to work in a fast-paced, multi-cultural organization focused on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Must be organized, have a charismatic personality, and willing to work evenings and some weekends. The work is exciting, engaging, varied, and challenging.”
The nonprofit is looking for a program coordinator, youth HIV program coordinator and data specialist.
To contact Diverse & Resilient, send a cover letter and resume to Mark O’Neil, Diverse and Resilient, 2439 N. Holton St, Milwaukee, WI 53212 or .
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