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George Mason Administrators Meet, Agree to Review Allegations against Sodexo

Sep. 10, 2010

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FAIRFAX, Va., September 10, 2010—Members of George Mason University’s administration, including Senior Vice President Maurice Scherrens, Provost Peter Stearns and Sandra Scherrens, vice president of university life, met with Sodexo workers and student representatives on Sept. 8 to discuss student concerns about the working conditions of Sodexo employees. During the conversation the students identified concerns about work environment safety as well as concerns about the compensation being afforded Sodexo employees.

As a result of the meeting, Scherrens agreed to initiate an institutional review of the allegations advanced by the students. The review will be conducted through both the George Mason University Office of Internal Audit and Management Services and a third-party food service consultant. The audit will focus on the alleged specific incidents that have been cited as well as the general work conditions and actual salary and wages being paid to Sodexo employees. The third-party consultant will focus primarily on the market/industry competitive analysis of the existing compensation package being afforded Sodexo employees.

Senior Vice President Scherrens said the findings of the audit will also determine whether, if problems do exist, if they are isolated or a systemic problem.

“We have received the full cooperation and support from Sodexo to conduct these studies,” said Scherrens. “Both Sodexo and George Mason University are committed to taking whatever corrective action, if any might be necessary, to ensure the Sodexo employees work in a safe and secure work environment and are paid a market/industry competitive compensation package.”

Sodexo has been the exclusive contract dining food service provider at Mason since 2004. Their current contract with the university extends through 2014.

Although no specific schedule for audit/study completion has been determined, Scherrens estimates completion of the review process within the next three weeks.