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Janurary 2012 Events and News


OFCCP Settles Charges of Racial Discrimination with Defense Contractor JacintoPort

OFCCP has reached an agreement with JacintoPort International LLC, to settle allegations of hiring discrimination based on race involving 48 African American and 21 Caucasian job applicants who were rejected for positions at the company's cargo facility in Houston.

In 2006, the company was cited for failing to implement an applicant tracking system for new hires and failing to develop and execute action-oriented programs to recruit women and African Americans. OFCCP found that the company was giving preferential treatment to Latino applicants and systematically discriminating against African-Americans and Caucasians seeking longshoreman jobs.

JacintoPort has agreed to pay $219,000 in back wages and interest to the affected job seekers as well as make 17 job offers available to members of the original class as longshoreman positions become available.

"This settlement should put all federal contractors on notice that, in the Obama administration, we will be persistent when it comes to rooting out workplace discrimination and that we will vigilantly monitor employers who violate the law until they get it right," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu.

Read the Labor Department’s news release in English or in Spanish for more information.