Irreparable injury may occur when a violation of a CA is either in progress or expected, and the employment rights of affected employees or applicants will be irreparably harmed if the violation is not prevented or corrected during the 15-day response time normally allowed. Examples of such cases are when:
- Employees are experiencing severe harassment or retaliation; or
- The contractor has a CA commitment to offer a victim of discrimination a unique job (one unlikely to open again in the foreseeable future), such an opening occurs and the contractor is about to fill it with someone other than the victim.
When irreparable injury would result from the delay, the CO will not issue a 15-Day Notice. Instead, after obtaining RSOL clearance, the Regional Director shall attempt to notify the top establishment official by telephone that OFCCP intends to proceed directly to enforcement.424
After oral notice of breach of the CA and irreparable injury, the CO must immediately send a confirmation letter, cleared by RSOL, that cites the provisions of the CA the contractor violated, the bases for the findings, the reason for the irreparable injury allegation and OFCCP’s intent to proceed directly to enforcement.
424. See 41 CFR 60-1.34(a), 41 CFR 60-741.63(a)(1), and 41 CFR 60-300.63(a)(1).