SoCal meatpacker settles discrimination claim

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California meatpacker that makes Farmer John products and Dodger Dogs has settled allegations that it discriminated against women.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that Clougherty Packing Co. will pay nearly $440,000 to about 2,000 women whose job applications were rejected between 2007 and 2009.

The company also agreed to offer 700 of the women jobs as they become available.

The Hormel Foods Corp. subsidiary makes more than 400 million pounds of pork products a year, including the hot dogs sold at Los Angeles Dodgers home games.

The company also has a nearly $4 million federal contract to provide products to food banks and other assistance programs.

Messages to Hormel seeking comment weren’t immediately returned Tuesday.

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