Deere to pay $1M in Discrimination Case

Deere and Co. will pay $1.1 million in back wages to hundreds of Black and Hispanic job applicants who say they weren’t hired because of their race.

It comes after the U.S. Department of Labor evaluated the ag manufacturer’s hiring practices in Waterloo and Ankeny, Iowa, and Milan, Illinois.

The feds’ investigation found evidence of discrimination against 33 Black and 12 Hispanic applicants for warehouse positions in Milan; 36 Black applicants for assembler positions in Ankeny; and against 196 Black applicants for production positions in Waterloo.

In addition to back wages for those applicants, Deere will offer 53 new jobs to Black or Hispanic workers.