Labor Department accuses Tyson unit of gender bias.


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1Labor Department accuses Tyson unit of gender bias .
2The Labor Department is accusing a subsidiary of poultry giant Tyson Foods Inc. of gender discrimination in its hiring practices at an Illinois plant .
3An administrative complaint against Tyson Fresh Meats was filed Wednesday .
4It accuses the world 's biggest supplier of premium beef and pork of systematically rejecting 750 female job applicants for entry-level work at its Joslin site .
5An executive with Springdale , Arkansas-based Tyson , Ken Kimbro , said the company believes there were `` legitimate , nondiscriminatory reasons certain applicants were not hired '' The Labor Department wants a court to order back wages for the affected applicants and employment to more than 100 of the women .
6The complaint also requests that all of Tyson 's federal contracts be canceled .