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June 2012 Events and News

DOL settles hiring discrimination case with Baldor Electric

OFCCP has reached an agreement with Baldor Electric Co. to settle allegations of systemic discrimination stemming from the company's applicant screening process at its facility in Fort Smith, Ark. Investigators determined that Baldor's hiring process for production and laborer positions discriminated against 795 female and minority applicants, denying them the opportunity to advance to the interview stage.

Under terms of the agreement, Baldor will pay a total of $2 million in back wages and interest to the qualified applicants and will make at least 50 job offers to members of the original class as positions become available.

"Discrimination is preventable when employers have certain processes in place and see to it that they are followed," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. "That's why it's so important for federal contractors to implement their affirmative action programs, keep accurate employment records and commit to ending barriers to fair employment. A proactive strategy is the best way to guarantee that all workers have an equal opportunity to succeed in the workplace. Plus, it's the law."

Read the Labor Department's news release for more information.