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January 2013 Events and News

Labor Department Sues US Security Associates for Refusing to Comply with Federal Investigation of Employment Practices

OFCCP has filed lawsuits with its Office of Administrative Law Judges to require U.S. Security Associates Inc. to submit documents detailing the company's affirmative action plans for its facilities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Portage, Indiana. U.S. Security Associates, based in Roswell, Ga, provides uniformed and trained guards and other emergency responders under federal contract. If the company fails to comply, the Department asks the court to cancel all U.S. Security Associates government contracts and to debar the entire company from entering into future contracts.

The issue of providing OFCCP with access to such information has been affirmed by the courts numerous times. In November 2011, Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled, in a similar case, that "Submission to such lawful investigations is the price of working as a federal contractor."

"Providing OFCCP investigators with access to the documents they need in order to do their jobs is not optional," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. "U.S. Security Associates is well aware of its contractual obligation to submit the records we seek, and the company's denial of access at these two facilities is especially perplexing given its cooperation in providing the same documentation in past compliance reviews."

Read the Department of Labor's news release for more information.

 

"Dodger Dog" manufacturer to pay workers $439K to settle OFCCP suit alleging sex discrimination

OFCCP has settled its lawsuit against federal contractor Clougherty Packing Co., a subsidiary of the Hormel Food Corp. A conciliation agreement settles allegations of systemic hiring discrimination against female job applicants at Clougherty's Los Angeles facility between February 10, 2007 and February 9, 2009. Under the terms of its agreement with OFCCP, Clougherty will pay $439,538 in back wages to 1,988 qualified female job applicants rejected for entry-level positions. Clougherty also will extend 700 job offers to affected women as positions become available.

"So many Americans grew up eating Dodger Dogs and other Hormel products. These are uniquely American brands that ought to reflect American values, particularly when it comes to ensuring fairness in the workplace," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. "I hope that this settlement can provide a little financial help and a whole lot of justice for the women who were denied a fair shot at employment. Moreover, I am glad we were able to work with Clougherty to make sure that there will be greater opportunities for women to get jobs going forward."

Read the Labor Department's news release in English and en Español for more information.