US Department of Labor, ElDorado National reach conciliation agreement to resolve alleged hiring discrimination in Riverside, California, location
RIVERSIDE, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement agreement with ElDorado National to resolve allegations of systemic hiring discrimination affecting white and Asian applicants at its bus manufacturing facility in Riverside, California.
The agreement follows an investigation by the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs that found that – from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec 31, 2019 – the employer discriminated against 97 white and 59 Asian applicants seeking employment in various administrative positions. Executive Order 11246 prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.
ElDorado National will be required to pay $44,000 in back wages and interest to affected job seekers, and provide job offers to eligible class members. The settlement also requires ElDorado National to review its overall hiring process, perform annual audits of hiring procedures and provide enhanced training to its managers to ensure that future hiring discrepancies are nondiscriminatory.
“Federal contractors and subcontractors must ensure their employment policies and practices provide equal employment opportunity to all jobseekers regardless of race,” explained Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Regional Director Jane Suhr in San Francisco. “In addition to paying back wages and interest to all affected applicants, the company will take corrective actions to prevent discrimination in its hiring practices moving forward.”
ElDorado National – also operating as ENC –contracts with federal agencies, including the U.S. General Services Administration. The company is a subsidiary of REV Group, a manufacturer of ambulances, buses, firefighting, recreational and other specialty vehicles.
Learn more about OFCCP. If you think you may be a member of the affected class during the investigative period, please visit the Class Member Locator. The agency offers the Class Member Locator to identify applicants or workers who may be entitled to monetary relief and/or consideration for job placement as a result of OFCCP’s compliance evaluations and complaint investigations.
OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.