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Ammo Maker to Pay $630,000 to Settle Discrimination Allegations

The company supplies the Air Force and other federal agencies with small arms ammunition.

Olin Corp, is a Clayton, Missouri-based manufacturer of chemicals, epoxy and small arms and ammunition. The company, which was founded in 1892, acquired Winchester Repeating Arms in 1931 and has grown to become a top global producer and the leading U.S. manufacturer of ammunition.

Olin supplies the Air Force and other federal agencies with small arms ammunition and, in a recent routine compliance investigation, the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that from Dec. 9, 2017, through Dec. 9, 2019, the company was in violation of Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

According to the Labor Department, the company allegedly discriminated against 286 black and women applicants who applied for Adjuster II positions over the two-year period at Olin's plant in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Olin entered an early resolution conciliation agreement to pay $630,000 in back wages and interest to resolve the allegations.

As part of the agreement, Olin has agreed to take steps to make sure its selection process, personnel practices and hiring policies are free from discrimination. The employer will also offer jobs to 46 black and female-affected applicants as positions become available.

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