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US Department of Labor, Fastenal Co. enter agreement to resolve alleged hiring discrimination at High Point, North Carolina facility

Federal contractor to pay $168K to 483 female applicants

HIGH POINT, NC – The U.S. Department of Labor and Fastenal Co. have agreed to resolve alleged systemic gender-based hiring discrimination that affected 483 female job applicants at its High Point facility from Dec. 7, 2016 through July 31, 2018.

A routine compliance investigation by the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found the industrial and construction supply distributor violated Executive Order 11246 in its hiring of laborer and helper positions. Fastenal provides services under contract to the Department of the Air Force. 

Fastenal will pay $168,000 in back wages and interest to the affected applicants and make 24 job offers, as positions become available. In its conciliation agreement, the company has also agreed to ensure that its selection process, personnel practices and hiring policies are free from discrimination, and its recordkeeping methods meet legal requirements.

“Federal contractors must ensure that their employment practices do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Southeast Regional Director Aida Collins in Atlanta. “By reaching this agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, Fastenal Co. has demonstrated it is committed to resolving the issues raised and ensuring that measures are in place to provide equal employment opportunities.”

Based in Winona, Minnesota, Fastenal Co. sells and distributes fasteners, tools, safety equipment and janitorial supplies primarily in North America, and in Asia, Europe, and Central and South America. It also has 14 regional distribution centers.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs enforces Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. For more information, call the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs toll-free helpline at 800-397-6251. Learn more about OFCCP.

If you think you may be a class member employed by Fastenal Co., use OFCCP’s Class Member Locator to learn more about this and other settlements. Learn more about OFCCP, or call 800-397-6251.

OFCCP recovered over $116 million for more than 138,000 employees and job seekers who were discriminated against in compliance reviews from October 2016-September 2020.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
July 30, 2021
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