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US Department of Labor, Aecom reach Conciliation Agreement to resolve alleged hiring discrimination by federal contractor in Virginia Beach

Aecom will pay $205K in back wages, interest to 67 Black affected applicants

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Aecom Management Services have entered into an Early Resolution Conciliation Agreement to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Virginia Beach location. 

An OFCCP compliance evaluation alleged that from Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2019, Aecom discriminated in its hiring practices against Black applicants for aircraft worker positions. Executive Order 11246 prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity. As part of the agreement, Aecom has agreed to pay $205,000 in back wages and interest to 67 affected Black applicants to resolve the allegations. 

“Companies that accept federal contracts must monitor their hiring processes to ensure applicants are not rejected based on unlawful practices,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Acting Regional Director Michele Hodge, in Philadelphia. “When issues are found, it is imperative that contractors correct them right away, by both making any victims whole and updating their practices to prevent the possibility of future discrimination.”

Headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, Aecom employs more than 34,000 people in all 50 states and performs work in 105 foreign countries and territories. The company holds $1.5 billion in numerous federal contracts with several government agencies, including the U.S. Department of the Navy, U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Air Force and the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

If you think you were an applicant during the investigative period of Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019, use OFCCP’s Class Member Locator to learn more about this and other settlements. Learn more about OFCCP, or call 800-397-6251.

OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.

Agency
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Date
October 6, 2021
Release Number
21-1656-PHI
Contact: Joanna Hawkins
Contact: Leni Fortson
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