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November 2011 Events and News

United Space Alliance Ordered to Give OFCPP Access to its Facility and Records

United Space, a spaceflight operations company and major NASA contractor, has been ordered by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth, U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, to comply with Executive Order 11246 and provide OFCCP with data regarding its pay practices. United Space has refused to turn over these documents and allow OFCCP investigators access to its Cape Canaveral facility to conduct a scheduled compliance review as mandated by law.

OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu states, “At OFCCP, we are charged with identifying which federal contractors discriminate in their hiring and pay practices, and which are abiding by the law. We cannot serve our mission to protect workers if companies refuse to give us access to the records they promised to keep and share with us when they signed their contracts.”

The ruling upholds a February 28 decision by DOL’s Office of Administrative Law Judges and United Space has until November 28 to comply with Judge Lamberth’s ruling or face the possibility of contract suspension, cancellation and debarment.

Read the Labor Department’s United Space Alliance news release for more information.
Read Judge Lamberth’s decision for more information.

Reinvigorated Partnership between EEOC and OFCCP

OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu and
EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien OFCCP and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have updated their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The revisions became effective on November 7, 2011, when OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu and the EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien both signed the revised MOU. The agencies first entered into this MOU on May 20, 1970 and revised it in 1974, 1981 and most recently in 1999. This MOU sets out procedures for OFCCP and EEOC to coordinate investigation of Title VII and Executive Order 11246 complaints. It includes procedures for information–sharing and confidentiality, and requires regular interagency coordination meetings. The revised MOU promotes greater coordination, reduces duplication and maximizes efficiency across agencies. This MOU supersedes the 1999 MOU between EEOC and OFCCP.

“These updates will further improve the way our agencies work, both separately and together, in pursuit of equal employment opportunity for all American workers,” said OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu.

Read the Reinvigorated Partnership between EEOC and OFCCP MOU in the Federal Register for more information.

Nishimoto Trading Company Sex Discrimination Allegations Settled

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has reached an agreement with Nishimoto Trading Co. to settle findings of hiring discrimination at the company’s facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Nishimoto agreed to pay $400,000 in back wages and interest to 71 women who were rejected for sales associate positions. The company also will offer positions to 14 women.

“Those who do business with our government are expected to follow our laws,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “I am pleased the Department of Labor was able to work out a fair settlement that will guarantee women the right to compete fairly for good jobs.”

Read the Labor Department’s Nishimoto Trading Company English version and Nishimoto Trading Company Japanese version of the press release for more information.