Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
December 2011 Events and News
OFCCP Publishes Proposal to Improve Job Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people with disabilities, among other requirements. The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs invites public comment on this proposal, which was published in the December 9 edition of the Federal Register.
OFCCP’s proposed rule would strengthen the affirmative action requirements established in Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 obligating federal contractors and subcontractors to ensure equal employment opportunities for qualified workers with disabilities. The proposed regulatory changes detail specific actions contractors must take in the areas of recruitment, training, record-keeping and policy dissemination-similar to those that have long been required to promote workplace equality for women and minorities. In addition, the rule would clarify OFCCP’s expectations for contractors by providing specific guidance on how to comply with the law.
“This proposed rule represents one of the most significant advances in protecting the civil rights of workers with disabilities since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
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US Labor Department Files Complaint Against Brunswick Corp. and Lund Boat Co. for Sex Discrimination
The OFCCP has filed an administrative complaint with the department's Office of Administrative Law Judges against Brunswick Corp. and Lund Boat Co., asserting that the companies discriminated against more than 200 women who applied for entry-level positions.
“Brunswick’s Chairman and CEO, Dustan McCoy, has stated a commitment to acting ethically,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. “By his own words, ‘Acting ethically simply means that we do what is right in all situations.’ So, we ask him now to do what is right for the women who sought a fair shot at employment with his company and for the taxpayers who deserve to know that their money is never used to discriminate.”
OFCCP is asking the companies to pay lost wages, interest and benefits to the women affected and to offer jobs to at least 27 of the women who applied for work. Brunswick Corp. and Lund Boat Co. are to remedy the violations or face restrictions on current and future government contracts.
Read the Labor Department’s news release.
US Labor Department Files Complaint Against Cargill Meat Solutions for Discrimination
OFCCP has filed a lawsuit against Cargill Meat Solutions, a major Defense contractor that engaged in systematic discrimination against more than 4,000 qualified job seekers. Following a scheduled compliance review, OFCCP investigators determined that the company violated the law by using a hiring process which unfairly discriminated against women and gave preference to Asian and Pacific Islanders over other groups.
“This is an unfortunate case in which thousands of qualified workers were denied the opportunity to compete fairly for jobs in a tough economy,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu.
OFCCP is calling for Cargill to provide back wages, interest and job offers to the affected workers. Until the company resolves all violations and corrects its discriminatory employment practices, OFCCP is asking the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges to cancel their existing government contracts and debar the company from entering into future ones.