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September 2013 Events and News

Judge Orders Bank of America to Pay Nearly $2.2 Million for Discrimination Against African American Job Seekers

A Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge has ordered Bank of America to pay nearly $2.2 million in back wages and interest to more than 1,100 African Americans who were unfairly rejected for jobs at the company's facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. This hiring discrimination case has spanned more than two decades as investigators from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and attorneys from the Office of the Solicitor of Labor pursued justice for the affected workers. Read the judge's decision as well as our press release explaining this major victory.

OFCCP Blog: How Can We Make Our New Rules Work for You?

Two new rules designed to improve employment opportunities for protected veterans and workers with disabilities were published in the Federal Register on September 24. OFCCP Policy Director Debra Carr invites you to ask her anything as we prepare for the rules to take effect on March 24, 2014. Check out her Blog post.

OFCCP Settles Wage Discrimination Case with Medtronic

The Department of Labor's Chief Administrative Law Judge Stephen L. Purcell has approved a settlement between OFCCP and Medtronic Interventional Vascular, Inc., on a case involving charges of pay discrimination. OFCCP alleged that the medical equipment manufacturer discriminated against Hispanic workers by paying them less than their white counterparts. The company will pay $290,000 in back wages and interest to 78 affected production associates. A press release explaining the case is available online in both English and Spanish.

OFCCP Resolves Sex Discrimination Case with ResCare HomeCare

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and ResCare HomeCare Spokane, a federal contractor, reached a settlement on allegations that the company was responsible for systemic sex discrimination against 77 qualified men who applied for in-home care positions. The rejected applicants will receive $92,000 in back wages and interest, and ResCare agreed to make eight job offers to the class members as well as reform its hiring practices.

OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu stated: "Outdated stereotypes about women being better suited to caregiving jobs than men perpetuate unlawful and unfair sex discrimination. At OFCCP, we are committed to combating sex stereotyping whenever it gets in the way of equal employment opportunities for qualified workers." A copy of the press release is available online.

OFCCP Announces Final Rules for VEVRAA and Section 503

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two final rules to improve hiring and employment of veterans and people with disabilities. One rule updates the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the other updates Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For more than 40 years these laws have required federal contractors and subcontractors to affirmatively recruit, hire, train and promote qualified veterans and people with disabilities, respectively.

"Strengthening these regulations is an important step toward reducing barriers to real opportunities for veterans and individuals with disabilities," said Patricia A. Shiu, director of the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which enforces both laws.

The rules will become effective 180 days after their publication in the Federal Register. More information is available at www.dol.gov/ofccp/VEVRAARule and www.dol.gov/ofccp/503Rule.

Read the Labor Department's press release.