UPDATED: Sex discrimination lawsuit filed against New York Mills-based Lund Boats
The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Lund Boats in New York Mills Thursday, alleging the sexual discrimination of more than 200 women.
The lawsuit, filed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), alleges that Lund Boat Company, owned by Brunswick Corporation, carried out the discrimination by not hiring more than 200 women who applied for entry-level positions at the NY Mills manufacturing plant, according to a U.S. Department of Labor press release.
"Representatives from Lund have argued that women were less likely to be hired than men because of a preference for workers with manufacturing experience," Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith said in a press release. "However, OFCCP's investigation found that even women with this type of experience were less likely to be hired than men without it. That's not fair. It's not right. And it's against the law."
The Department of Labor points to Executive Order 11246, which states that "federal contractors are required to ensure that qualified job applicants receive equal consideration for employment without regard to their sex."
The OFCCP suit asks that Lund and Brunswick be banned from entering into government contracts until the situation is remedied. Brunswick Corporation has had contracts worth almost $23 million with the U.S. Departments of Defense and homeland Security in the last two years.
The suit also seeks financial compensation for the women to make up for lost wages, interest and benefits. It requests the company offer positions to at least 27 of the women who had applied.
Dan Kubera, Director of Media Relations for Brunswick, said in an email that, as litigation is pending, the company declines to comment at this time.
The company has 20 calendar days in which to respond to the complaint.