OFCCP News Releases

August 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes a Rule Clarifying Civil Rights Protections for Religious Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking intended to clarify the civil rights protections afforded to religious organizations that contract with the federal government. The proposed rule ensures that conscience and religious freedom are given the broadest protection permitted by law.

August 13, 2019

Federal Contractor Agrees to Pay $175,000 To Settle Alleged Hiring Discrimination

PORTLAND, OR – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Conduent Commercial Solutions LLC – formerly CSG Xerox World – have entered into a conciliation agreement by which the federal contractor has agreed to pay $175,000 in back wages to resolve claims of systemic hiring discrimination at its Portland, Oregon facility.

August 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Online Help Desk to Provide Compliance Assistance to Federal Contractors and Stakeholders

WASHINGTON, DC Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) launched the Contractor Assistance Portal, an online help desk to provide enhanced compliance assistance to federal contractors and stakeholders. The virtual online helpdesk is part of a broad push by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide innovative compliance assistance to job creators.

August 9, 2019

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Ombudsman For Federal Contract Compliance Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the appointment of the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Ombudsman, Marcus Stergio. OFCCP first announced its plan to implement an Ombudsman in September 2018 in Directive (DIR 2018-09).

August 2, 2019

Food Distributor Enters Into Early Resolution Conciliation Agreement With U.S. Department of Labor to Resolve Hiring Discrimination Violations

ATLANTA, GA – US Foods Inc. – a food service distributor based in Rosemont, Illinois – has entered into an early resolution conciliation agreement to pay $116,600 in back wages and interest to resolve alleged hiring discrimination violations found at three of the company’s facilities during a compliance evaluation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The company has also agreed to make job offers to 10 eligible applicants. 

August 1, 2019

Judge Orders Enterprise Rent a Car of Baltimore to Pay $6.6 Million To Job Applicants After Federal Hiring Discrimination Trial

LINTHICUM, MD - After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in the Department's Office of Administrative Law Judges has ordered Enterprise RAC Company of Baltimore LLC to pay $6,645,444 in lost earnings and benefits to 2,336 African-American applicants for the company's management trainee program.

July 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Updates To the Functional Affirmative Action Program

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today released an opinion letter and FAQs to further the Department's efforts to increase the transparency and effectiveness of compliance assistance to help contractors meet their responsibilities for equal employment opportunity.

July 25, 2019

Federal Contractor to Pay $159,050 in Back Wages for Hiring Discrimination Found in U.S. Department of Labor Compliance Evaluation

PASCAGOULA, MS – Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. – a military shipbuilder and federal contactor based in Newport News, Virginia – has agreed to pay $159,050 in back wages and interest to resolve alleged systemic hiring discrimination violations found in a routine compliance evaluation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The company has also agreed to make job offers to six eligible class members who express an interest in employment and meet qualifications.

July 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Additional Compliance Assistance to Contractors

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released FAQs today on three different topics. The FAQs are another step in the Department's efforts to increase the transparency and effectiveness of compliance assistance to help contractors meet their responsibilities for equal employment opportunity. 

July 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Opinion Letter Regarding Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ Pay Groups

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued a new opinion letter that addresses obtaining assistance and working collaboratively with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) when developing pay analysis groups for conducting compensation analyses.

An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department's OFCCP on how Agency guidance and regulations apply in specific circumstances presented by the individual person or entity that requested the letter.

June 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Resolves Pay Discrimination Investigation At Universal Protection Service Facility in Riverside, California

RIVERSIDE, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has reached a settlement with Universal Protection Service LP – a federal contractor – to resolve allegations of pay discrimination at the company's Riverside, California, facility formerly owned and operated by Allied Barton Security Services.

June 28, 2019

Universal Protection Service Will Pay $175,000 to Settle Allegations Of Hiring Discrimination in Seattle, Washington

SEATTLE, WA – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with Universal Protection Service LP – a federal contractor – to resolve allegations of systemic hiring discrimination at the company's Seattle, Washington, facility formerly owned and operated by Northwest Protective Services Inc.

June 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Compliance Evaluation Results in Federal Contractor Paying $50,000 in Back Wages

WHITAKERS, NC – After a routine compliance evaluation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Consolidated Diesel Inc. – a federal contractor and subsidiary of Cummins Inc. – has agreed to pay $50,000 in back wages for alleged pay discrimination against African-American managers at the diesel engine manufacturing facility in Whitakers, North Carolina.

June 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Fort Worth Beverage Distributor Agree to Settle Allegations of Hiring Discrimination

DALLAS, TX -  After a routine compliance evaluation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Ben E. Keith Company (BEK) – operating as Fort Worth/Waco Beer & Fleet Main and Ben E. Keith Dallas Fort Worth Foods (BEK Foods) – has agreed to pay $350,000 in back pay and interest to resolve alleged hiring discrimination at its two Fort Worth, Texas, facilities.   

May 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Education and Outreach Event To Promote Employment of Veterans and Military Spouses

ATLANTA, GA - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) are collaborating with the Georgia Department of Labor, the Atlanta VA Health Care System, and the Goodwill Career Center to host a veteran's education and outreach event on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is titled, "From Deployment to Employment: Hire a Veteran Career and Resource Linkage."

March 20, 2019

U.S. Department Of Labor Resolves Disability Discrimination at Pacific Architects and Engineers’ Missouri Facility

KANSAS CITY, MOThe U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has reached a settlement with Pacific Architects and Engineers – based in Arlington, Virginia – requiring the company to pay $21,507 in back pay and interest after an investigation found the company discriminated against a hearing impaired employee at its Lee's Summit, Missouri facility.

March 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Education and Outreach Event To Promote Employment, Protection of Individuals with Disabilities

ATLANTA, GA - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta, Georgia, will host an education and outreach event to assist federal contractors in recruiting people with disabilities into the workplace and protecting those in the workforce from discrimination.

March 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Review Results in Government Contractor Paying $250,000 in Back Pay and Interest to Settle Alleged Hiring Discrimination

CONROE, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the GEO Group Inc. – a company specializing in privatized corrections, detention, and mental health treatment – have entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at the company’s Joe Corley Detention Center in Conroe, Texas. The GEO Group Inc.

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Develops Voluntary Enterprise-wide Review Program For Top-performing Contractors

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced today the release of a new policy directive to establish a voluntary compliance program for high-performing federal contractors.

January 25, 2019

Federal Contractor Agrees to Pay $55,000 in Back Wages To Settle Alleged Hiring Discrimination

MACON, GA – Federal contractor Asplundh Tree Expert Co. has agreed to pay $55,000 in back wages after a routine compliance evaluation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found alleged systemic hiring discrimination violations at its Macon, Georgia, facility. Asplundh Tree Expert Co. has also agreed to make job offers for specific positions, to up to five eligible class members who express an interest in employment and meet qualifications.