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May 2013 Events and News

Notice for Contractors on the 2006–2010 Census Tab

OFCCP Blog: Making Good on the Promise of Equal Pay

The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is working to make good on the promise of equal pay. In the past three years, OFCCP has resolved more than triple the number of race– or gender–based pay discrimination cases compared to the previous three years.

OFCCP Settles Hiring Discrimination case with Bertucci Contracting Co.

Bertucci Contracting Co. LLC settled allegations of hiring discrimination against African–American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American job applicants who applied for positions as laborers and deckhands between 2009 and 2011 at its Jefferson facility. Bertucci agreed to pay $70,000 in back wages and interest to the 14 affected workers and extend at least six offers of employment – with retroactive seniority – as positions become available.

“The people of the Gulf Coast have shown tremendous resilience in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill and the Great Recession,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. “Our job is to make sure the doors of opportunity are open for all workers who want to be a part of rebuilding and fortifying their communities.”

Read the Labor Department’s Bertucci Contracting Co. news release for more information.

OFCCP Settles Sex Discrimination Case with Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries of Southern California has agreed to settle allegations of systemic hiring discrimination against male job seekers following an OFCCP review of the federal contractor’s Los Angeles facility. The agency found that 200 qualified men were denied the opportunity to advance to the offer stage of the hiring process because of perceptions among some hiring managers that women are better at customer service. Under the agreement, Goodwill will pay $130,970 in back wages to the affected individuals and, as openings occur, will make 18 job offers to qualified men who were not previously offered positions.

“Sex discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, and we are committed to fighting all of them,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. “That means getting away from outdated notions about what constitutes ‘men’s work’ and what constitutes ‘women’s work’.”

Read the Labor Department’s Goodwill Industries news release for more information.