U.S. Department of Labor Settles Allegations of Hiring Discrimination Against Federal Contractor in Denver, Colorado
DENVER, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Inc. - a federal government contractor that supplies building materials - to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at the company’s Denver, Colorado, facility.
A routine compliance evaluation by the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) alleged that - from January 21, 2013, to January 20, 2015 - Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Inc. discriminated against white, black, and female applicants who applied for 8A Loader and Unloader positions in favor of Hispanic and male applicants. OFCCP determined the company’s hiring practices violated Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race, national origin, or gender.
In its conciliation agreement with OFCCP, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Inc. will pay $395,000 in back wages and interest to eligible class members. The company also agreed to provide job opportunities to 38 affected white males, black males, and all female applicants, as positions become available. In addition, the company will take steps to ensure its personnel practices, including recruitment, recordkeeping, and internal auditing procedures, comply with the law.
“Federal contractors and subcontractors must comply with all federal anti-discrimination laws,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Regional Director Melissa Speer, in Dallas. “Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Inc. is working cooperatively with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve this matter and has committed to providing equal employment opportunities.”
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Inc.’s Denver facility supplied glass for an expansion and reconstruction project at the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado.
In addition to Executive Order 11246, OFCCP enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. These laws, as amended, make it illegal for contractors and subcontractors doing business with the federal government to discriminate in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. In addition, contractors and subcontractors are prohibited from discriminating against applicants or employees because they have inquired about, discussed or disclosed their compensation or that of others, subject to certain limitations. For more information, please call OFCCP’s toll-free helpline at 800-397-6251 or visit http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/.
If you think you may be one of the applicants eligible for back pay or job opportunities from this settlement, or may know someone who is, please visit the OFCCP Class Member Locator at: https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/CML. There you will find information about this and other OFCCP settlements.