US Department of Labor, LAZ Parking California reach agreement to resolve alleged hiring discrimination at Southern California locations
SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a settlement agreement with LAZ Parking California LLC and will pay $320,000 in back wages and interest to 678 affected job seekers to resolve allegations of race- and gender-based hiring discrimination affecting Black and female applicants at its Southern California facilities.
The agreement follows a routine compliance evaluation by the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs that alleges – from May 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019 – the employer discriminated against Black applicants and female applicants in hiring valet, shuttle driver and customer service representative positions at several locations in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Diego, California. Executive Order 11246 prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.
In addition to paying back wages to the affected applicants, Laz Parking California has agreed to revise its recruiting and selection procedures to ensure its personnel practices comply with federal law. The employer will extend 49 job offers and take proactive steps to ensure its application and hiring processes are not discriminatory.
“Our agreement with LAZ Parking California will ensure that people applying for positions there will have equal access in hiring as the law requires,” explained Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Regional Director Jane Suhr in San Francisco. “In addition to paying back wages and interest to nearly 700 job seekers, the company has taken corrective actions to prevent discrimination in its hiring practices moving forward.”
LAZ Parking California LLC in San Diego is a subsidiary of LAZ Karp Associates LLC in Hartford, Connecticut. Founded in 1981, LAZ Parking operates in 39 states and more than 450 cities with more than 1.2 million parking spaces in more than 3,500 locations nationwide. The company has federal contracts with several entities, including the Department of Justice, the Executive Office of the President and the General Services Administration.
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OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.