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September 2012 Events and News

Meyer Tool to Pay $325K to Settle OFCCP Suit Alleging Racial Discrimination

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced that federal government contractor Meyer Tool Inc. has agreed to settle allegations of hiring discrimination on the basis of race involving 60 African-American applicants who were rejected for entry-level machinist positions at the company's manufacturing plant in Cincinnati. Under the terms of the agreement, Meyer Tool will pay $325,000 to the 60 applicants and extend job offers to at least 11 members of the original class as positions become available.

"Workers should never be denied a fair shot at employment because of factors that have absolutely nothing to do with their ability to do the job," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. "I am pleased that we were able to reach a fair settlement with Meyer Tool - one that will provide remedies to the affected workers and guarantee that, going forward, qualified applicants of all races and backgrounds will have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field for good jobs."

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


Minnesota-Based Manufacturer to Pay Workers Nearly $300K to Settle OFCCP Suit Alleging Sex Discrimination

OFCCP has settled its lawsuit against federal contractor Lund Boat Co. and its parent the Brunswick Corp. The agreement settles allegations that the companies systematically discriminated against women who applied for entry-level positions at Lund's boat manufacturing plant in New York Mills, Minn. Under the terms of a consent judgment approved by the department's Office of Administrative Law Judges, Brunswick and Lund have agreed to pay $295,000 in back wages and interest to 185 female job applicants who were rejected for employment. The companies will also extend job offers to at least 27 women in the original class as general laborer positions open.

"I am pleased that we were able to reach a fair settlement in this case, one which will provide immediate relief to the women involved and lasting protections for all job seekers who apply to work for Lund and Brunswick in the future," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. "OFCCP is committed to making sure that companies that hold federal contracts - profiting from taxpayer dollars - give workers a fair shot at employment and do not use gender as a factor when it comes to deciding who gets a job and who doesn't."

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