Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
October 2010 Events and News
OFCCP Investigation Leads to Back Pay and Job Offers for 95 Minority Job Applicants at Coca-Cola facility in North Carolina
As part of a settlement agreement between the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, ninety-five African-American and Hispanic job applicants, who were turned down for jobs by a Coca-Cola distribution facility in Charlotte, N.C., will share $495,000 in back pay and interest. They will also receive job offers in sales support, and those hired will receive retroactive seniority.
The agreement with Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated resolves a case dating back to 2002. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' investigation of the company's hiring practices found that the Coca-Cola bottler failed to hire qualified minority applicants at a comparable rate to non-minority applicants. OFCCP's statistical analysis determined that the disparity in hires was too great to occur solely by chance.
OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu said, "The Labor Department is firmly committed to ensuring that those who do business with our government do not discriminate in their employment practices."
The North Carolina facility supplies Coke products to military and government installations under several federal contracts.
Read the Labor Department's news release about this case.
127 Comments Received on an ANPRM on Affirmative Action for People with Disabilities
Sept. 21 was the deadline to submit comments on an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) aimed at expanding affirmative action efforts by Federal contractors to hire and advance individuals with disabilities. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has received 127 comments on the ANPRM from individuals and groups across the nation. The agency is now analyzing these responses.
"OFCCP is re-examining its affirmative action regulations so that people with disabilities can be assured that Federal contractors are proactively seeking them out for employment," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu.
To see the ANPRM, which was published on July 23, 2010, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov.
A news release is available at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/ofccp20101015.htm.
Consortia in Four States Will Seek New Ways to Advance Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Community, business, academic, and advocacy groups in four states will build new approaches to help people with disabilities gain employment, thanks to more than $2.4 million provided through the "Add Us In" initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy.
The ODEP funding is going to consortia in Missouri, Connecticut, California and Oklahoma to create models and strategies that businesses and employers across the U.S. can use to reach out to people with disabilities in their communities. They will also build national and local networks of experts skilled in serving individuals with disabilities, and improve employment opportunities and outcomes for diverse people with disabilities.
"This is good news for federal contractors and subcontractors who take their affirmative action responsibilities seriously to recruit and hire qualified people with disabilities," said OFCCP Director Pat A. Shiu. "This initiative can provide opportunities for the contracting community to get involved and develop effective linkages with groups that serve workers with disabilities."
Read the news release announcing the Add Us In funding, including a list of the consortia at: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20101387.htm.