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Ameriprise Financial Inc.

Ameriprise Financial Inc., a financial planning company, will pay $128,200 to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination at its Minneapolis, MN, facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 20 black employees by paying them less than white counterparts. Ameriprise denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Ameriprise will review and evaluate policies affecting compensation, will continue to provide equal employment compensation training, and will monitor base salary as well as administration of non-base compensation and benefits.

Aramark Uniform Services

Aramark Uniform Services, a manufacturing industry, will pay $1,903.68 to resolve allegations of placement discrimination against female employees and $194,255.00 to resolve hiring allegations against male applicants at its Evansville facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 41 qualified female employees who were placed into lower paying production positions and as a result subsequently discriminated against 246 qualified males who were denied employment opportunities into the lower paying production positions within the Operatives Job Group. Aramark denies those claims but has agreed to resolve these issues through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Aramark will also extend 28 job opportunities and revise its placement and selection procedures to ensure that these violations do not recur.

Apex Systems, LLC

Apex Systems, LLC (Apex), a staffing firm specializing in information technology, life sciences, and healthcare, will pay $148,500 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Atlanta, Georgia establishment. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 82 qualified Black applicants who applied for Recruiter positions and were not hired. Apex denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Apex will also extend 6 job opportunities and revise its selection procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.

Bank of America

Bank of America, one of the nation’s leading financial services companies, will pay $1,000,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Charlotte, NC headquarters facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 1,027 qualified African–Americans who applied for entry–level positions and were not hired. Bank of America denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a settlement. Under the agreement, Bank of America will also extend 10 job opportunities.

Compass Group USA, Inc.

Compass Group USA, Inc. (Compass), a hotel and hospitality services establishment, will pay a total of $29,921.16 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Morrison Sector@ Mobile Infirmary, #1055 facility located in Mobile, Alabama. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 189 qualified Black applicants who applied for Service Worker positions and were not hired. Compass denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, the contractor will also extend 8 job opportunities to Eligible Class Members as positions become available.

Hormel Foods Corporation

Hormel Foods Corporation, a hog-processing facility, will pay $550,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Fremont, NE, facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 403 qualified women who applied for Entry–Level Production positions and were not hired. Hormel Foods Corporation denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Hormel Foods Corporation will also extend 37 job opportunities.

John Q. Hammons Hotels Management, LLC

John Q. Hammons Hotels Management, LLC (JQH), former employer of the employees at World Golf Village Resort Hotel (World Golf), a hotel and hospitality services establishment, will pay a total of $47,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its St. Augustine, Florida facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 75 qualified women who applied for Banquet Set Up & Housekeeping Utility positions and were not hired. JQH denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Atrium Hospitality LP, current owner and operator of World Golf will also extend 5 job opportunities to Eligible Class Members as positions become available.

John W. Stone Oil Distributor, LLC

John W. Stone Oil Distributor, LLC, supplies dockside, midstreaming and offshore fueling, will pay $271,444 in back pay and $28,556 in interest to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Gretna, Louisiana, facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 51 qualified minorities who applied for Deckhand positions and were not hired. JW Stone denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, JW Stone will also extend 10 job opportunities.

Kappler, Inc.

Kappler, Inc., a chemical protective clothing and accessories company, will pay a total of $5,500.00 to resolve allegations of job placement discrimination at its Guntersville, Alabama facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against eleven qualified women who were not placed into Cutter or Floor Worker positions. Kappler, Inc. denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Kappler, Inc. will also extend two job opportunities and retroactive seniority.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions – Boca Raton, FL

LexisNexis Risk Solutions (LexisNexis), a risk management and information retrieval services company, will pay $272,919.84 to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination at its Boca Raton, Florida facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 26 women by paying them less than their male counterparts. LexisNexis denies these claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, LexisNexis will also make pay adjustments and revise its compensation policies and procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.

Medline Industries Inc.

Medline Industries Inc., a surgical and medical instrument manufacturing and distributing, will pay $$99,999.99 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Waukegan, Illinois, facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 44 male applicants for line assembly positions and against 53 female applicants for packager positions. Medline Industries Inc. denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Medline Industries Inc. will also extend two (2) male and three (3) female job opportunities and will review and evaluate policies affecting hiring selection process.

Nebraska Medical Center

Nebraska Medical Center, a Complex of hospitals, medical clinics and healthcare colleges, will pay $275,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Omaha, Nebraska facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 137 qualified Black applicants who applied for Psych/Clerk Patient Care Tech and Clerk/Patient Care Technicians (CNAs) and were not hired. Nebraska Medical Center denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Nebraska Medical Center will also extend 23 job opportunities and will review and evaluate policies affecting hiring selection process.

Palantir Technologies, Inc.

Palantir Technologies, Inc., a computer software and services company specializing in data analysis, will pay $1,659,434 in back wages including the value of stock options and bonus to the affected class to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Palo Alto, California facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 1,558 qualified Asian applicants who applied for engineering positions. Palantir denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Consent Decree. Under the agreement, Palantir will also extend job offers to eight eligible class members.

Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Sears), a leading retail store brand, will pay $107,500 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its now–closed Mobile, Alabama facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 1,064 qualified Black applicants who were not hired for Sales positions. Sears denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Sears will also extend 12 job opportunities at other stores in the Mobile metropolitan area and revise its selection procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.

Setex Inc.

Setex, Inc., a manufacturing industry, will pay $293,760 to resolve hiring allegations against black applicants at its Saint Mary’s facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 63 qualified blacks who were denied employment opportunities into the assembly technician position. Setex denies those claims but has agreed to resolve these issues through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Setex will also extend job offers until 10 Black Class Members are placed into the assembly technician positions and revise its selection procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.

Sno–White Linen & Uniform Rental

Sno–White Linen & Uniform Rental, a privately owned industrial laundry and uniform rental company, will pay $90,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Colorado Springs, CO facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 103 whites who were not hired into Laborer positions, 15 whites and 8 females who were not hired into the Route Driver position. Sno-White Linen & Uniform Rental denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Sno–White Linen & Uniform Rental will also extend 30 job offers to white class members for Laborer positions, 3 job offers to white class members and 1 job offer to a female class member into the Route Driver position.

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Louisiana, LLC

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Louisiana, LLC (“Glazer’s”), a wholesale distributor of spirits, wines, and malt beverages, will pay $175,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its St. Rose, LA, facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 467 qualified blacks who applied for Warehouse Worker positions and were not hired. Glazer’s denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Consent Decree. Under the decree, Glazer’s will also extend 13 job offers to affected class members.

Splunk, Inc.

Splunk, Inc., a software company that specializes, in collecting, analyzing and storing machine generated big data, will pay $2.7 million in back pay to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its San Francisco, CA facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 872 African American and Asian applicants who applied for Technical Professional, Senior Technical Professional, and Administrative Professional positions and were not hired. Splunk, Inc. denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Splunk, Inc. will also extend 11 job offers. Splunk, Inc. has also agreed to hire an independent expert (subject to OFCCP approval) to review and evaluate Splunk, Inc.’s hiring and recruitment practices to ensure equal employment opportunity.

Unifirst Corporation

UniFirst Corporation (UniFirst), a workplace uniform and laundry services company, will pay $75,000 to resolve allegations of placement discrimination at its Charlotte, North Carolina facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 17 women by disproportionately assigning them to lower paying Job Group 7 Production positions while males were hired into higher-paying Job Group 7 Production positions. UniFirst denies these claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, UniFirst will also extend 7 job opportunities with retroactive seniority to eligible class members who return to work for the company, and revise its policies and procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.

Unifirst will also pay $116,505.76 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Charlotte, North Carolina facility. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 494 men who applied for Job Group 7 Production positions and were not hired. UniFirst denies these claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, UniFirst will also extend 6 job opportunities and revise its policies and procedures to ensure that this violation does not recur.