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Performance Food Group (PFG) Settles Sex Discrimination Lawsuit with EEOC

2020-12-30

PFG will pay over $5 million to a class of female applicants for operative positions

On December 16, 2020, EEOC announced that Performance Food Group (PFG) signed a five-year consent decree and will pay $5,075,000 in monetary relief to resolve a nationwide sex discrimination lawsuit.  EEOC alleged that since 2004, PFG engaged in an ongoing pattern or practice of systemically failing to hire a class of female applicants for operative positions at its Broadline.  The consent decree enjoins PFG from failing to hire women to selector or driver positions because of their sex and from engaging in retaliation.

EEOC also charged the company with failing to promote a qualified female employee into the position of night-time warehouse training supervisor based on her sex, at its Carroll County Foods facility in Maryland.  To resolve this second allegation, PFG will pay the female $75,000. 

To company will also hire a VP of Diversity to ensure that hiring decisions for selector and driver positions are filled without regarding to sex, oversee the terms of the consent decree, and report to EEOC.  PFG will give hiring preference to call members who are qualified female applicants, will conduct affirmative recruitment efforts to attract female applicants to these positions, and revise its management performance evaluations.  PFG also agreed not to reemploy two former vice presidents of operations implicated in the complaint. 

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