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Lund settles sex discrimination claim

Lund Boat and its parent company, Brunswick Corp., have agreed to pay $295,000 in back wages and interest to 185 female job applicants who were denied entry-level positions at Lund's manufacturing plant in New York Mills.

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

The agency had filed a complaint in November 2011 alleging that Lund officials had systematically discriminated against female job applicants in 2006 and 2007.

In addition to the financial remedies, the settlement requires Lund and Brunswick to extend job offers to at least 27 women in the original class as general laborer positions open. Seven already have been hired.

The companies also have agreed to maintain and retain required employment records, undertake extensive self-monitoring measures to ensure that all hiring practices fully comply with the law and submit detailed progress reports for the next two years.

The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.

"I am pleased that we were able to reach a fair settlement in this case, one which will provide immediate relief to the women involved and lasting protections for all job seekers who apply to work for Lund and Brunswick in the future," stated Patricia A. Shiu, director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, in a press release.

Based in Lake Forest, Ill., Brunswick Corp. is a leading provider of marine, athletic and recreational products. In the past two years alone, the company has held federal contracts worth more than $248 million with agencies including the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard.