US Department of Labor, LabCorp subsidiary enter agreement after compliance review alleged hiring discrimination by federal contractor
INDIANAPOLIS – A subsidiary of LabCorp — a global laboratory services provider — has entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor in which the company will pay $525,000 in back wages and interest to 205 Black and 13 Asian applicants after a routine investigation by the department alleged hiring discrimination by the federal contractor at its Indianapolis facility.
Findings by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of LabCorp Central Laboratory Services Inc. allege that, from May 3, 2019 to May 3, 2021, the company discriminated against 148 Black applicants for kit production assistant I positions, against 57 Black applicants for sample handling assistant I positions and against 13 Asian applicants for medical technician I positions.
The company provides lab services to the National Institutes of Health.
Executive Order 11246 prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.
“Our settlement with LabCorp shows that the Department of Labor will make sure the hiring practices of federal contractors and subcontractors comply with all federal regulations,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Midwest Regional Director Carmen Navarro. “When our evaluations detect failures to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants, we will hold federal contractors accountable.”
In addition to the distribution of back wages and interest under the agreement, the employer will extend job offers to 34 Black and three Asian class members and make certain its hiring policies and procedures are free from discrimination.
Based in Burlington, North Carolina, LabCorp is a leading global provider of laboratory services for doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, researchers and patients. The company employs more than 60,000 people who serve clients in more than 100 countries and performed more than 600 million tests for patients.
OFCCP launched 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. If you think you may be a class member who applied for lab positions between May 3, 2019 to May 3, 2021, please use OFCCP’s Class Member Locator to learn more about this and other settlements.
OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. Together, these laws prohibit employment discrimination.