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Crawford board urges stockholders to reject employment practices proposal

Crawford & Co.'s board has asked stockholders to oppose a shareholder proposal that would mandate that the company identify "underrepresented employee groups" and initiate recruiting efforts to boost the number of such employees.

The proposal, put forward by Holy Land Principles Inc., also asks Crawford to develop training programs to prepare minority employees for skilled jobs and not make military service a precondition for any job, except for those that require such experience.

The shareholder further urged the company not to accept subsidies, tax incentives or other benefits that favors one national, racial, ethnic or religious group over another. Its proposal also seeks to make Crawford appoint staff to monitor the progress made on the issue.

Crawford's board recommended a vote against the proposal, saying the company already provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals. Adopting this proposal could "create confusion or conflict," the board wrote in a proxy statement.