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Home improvement retailer Menard Inc. has been ordered to file long-overdue reports detailing the race and gender breakdown of its employees, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said. The agency said Menard, which has about 27,000 employees, admitted in court last month that it had not filed the reports for 2000 through 2004 except for a partial, one-page report for 2001. “The EEOC takes it seriously when a large employer ignores the requirements of the law,” said Jean P. Kamp, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Milwaukee office. The agency said its lawsuit does not involve a discrimination charge against Menard. The order Wednesday from U.S. District Judge John C. Shabaz of Madison requires Menard to file reports detailing the demographic breakdown of employees at each of its nearly 200 stores and corporate headquarters, along with similar reports for the company as a whole, Kamp said. Eau Claire, Minn.-based Menard Inc., founded in 1962, has stores in 10 Midwestern states, and is the nation’s third-largest chain of home-improvement stores. Menard’s general counsel, Dawn Sands, said the company had visually inspected its work force at various company locations 25 times during the last six years at the EEOC’s request and categorized the employees by race, gender and national origin. “At no time did they express any concern that that was inadequate,” Sands said. Menard has faced other accusations this year. The company pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor water pollution charge, while the Internal Revenue Service ruled that it owed $5.9 million in back taxes and penalties. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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