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Associated Press, Published September 04 2012

New York Mills boat plant settles sex discrimination claim

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. — Brunswick Corp. and Lund Boat Co. have agreed to pay $295,000 to settle a sex discrimination claim at a Lund boat plant in Minnesota.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced the settlement Tuesday.

The agency had alleged Lund and its Lake Forest, Ill.-based parent company, Brunswick, systematically discriminated against more than 200 women who applied for entry-level jobs at the New York Mills plant.

Brunswick and Lund agreed to pay $295,000 in back wages and interest to 185 female job applicants who were rejected for entry-level jobs.

The agreement also requires the companies to offer jobs to at least 27 women in the original group of applicants. Seven already have been hired.

Brunswick says both companies cooperated with the agency and admit no wrongdoing.

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