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August 2011 Events and News

Back Pay and Job Offers to 39 Women and Minority Applicants as Alcoa Settles Discrimination Case with US Labor Department

Alcoa, the world’s leading producer of aluminum and a $50 million contractor to the U.S. Army, has agreed to pay $520,173 to 37 minority and two women applicants for positions at the corporation’s Alcoa Mill Products plant in Pennsylvania. The settlement comes after a scheduled compliance review conducted by OFCCP from 2009–2010 found that the company discriminated against Hispanic, African–American and female applicants when hiring for material handler positions. The agreement includes back pay and job opportunities for the applicants as well as training for managers and human resources personnel.

“No worker should be denied a job because of factors that have absolutely nothing to do with his or her ability to accomplish the work,” said OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu. “I am glad we reached a fair settlement with Alcoa Mill Products, one that not only provides financial remedies for the affected victims, but also creates opportunities for good jobs.”

Read the Labor Department’s Alcoa Settles Discrimination Case press release about this case.


US Labor Department Invites Public Comment on Proposed Data–Gathering Tool

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is considering the development of a new tool to collect information on salaries, wages and other benefits paid to employees of federal contractors and subcontractors. The agency published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register this week, inviting the public to submit comments on the proposed instrument, which would improve OFCCP’s ability to gather data that could be analyzed for indicators of discrimination. “Pay discrimination continues to plague women and people of color in the workforce,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu, a member of President Obama’s National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force. “This proposal is about gathering better data, which will allow us to focus our enforcement resources where they are most needed. We can’t truly solve this problem until we can see it, measure it and put dollar figures on it.” The proposal will be open to public response for 60 days, and the deadline for receiving comments is Oct. 11. To read the proposal or submit a comment, visit the federal e–rulemaking portal at

Read the Labor Department’s Data–Gathering Tool news release about this case.