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Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

Class Member Locator Case Summary

 

Alsco Inc.

Alsco Inc., a linen and uniform services company, will pay $7,758.00 to resolve allegations of placement discrimination at its Charlotte, NC 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 22 qualified women who were hired into lower paying Operative positions. Alsco Inc. denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Alsco Inc., will also extend five job opportunities.

Aqualon Company

Aqualon Company (A subsidiary of Ashland, Inc.), a global leader in providing specialty chemical solutions to customers, will pay $175,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Hopewell, VA 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 660 African American applicants who applied for the Transition Operator job. Aqualon Company denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Aqualon Company has hired members of the class to fulfill its requirement to make job opportunities available and will ensure it provides training to all individuals involved in selection procedures at the company going forward.

C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.

C & S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., a wholesale distributor of food and grocery store items headquartered in Keene, New Hampshire, with 29 locations servicing retailers across the United States, will pay $85,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Greenville, SC, 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 qualified women who applied for Order Selectors positions and were not hired. C&S Grocers denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, C&S Grocers will also extend 26 job opportunities.

G&K Services Company

G&K Services, a facilities services company, will pay more than $1.8 million to resolve allegations of pay and hiring discrimination at nine locations across the country. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 444 female employees in laborer positions by disproportionately assigning them to lower paying job duties while filling the higher paying opportunities predominantly by men, even though the women were qualified for and able to perform the higher paying work. OFCCP determined that this practice of steering women into the lower paying "light duty" opportunities led to improper sex discrimination in pay at the facilities in Sacramento, CA, Graham and Charlotte, NC, Pleasant Hill, IA, Justice, IL, St. Paul MN, Denver, CO, and Houston and Coppell, TX. This practice also resulted in a lower hiring rate for 2,327 male applicants who were equally or more qualified for general laborer positions at the Sacramento, Pleasant Hill, Justice, St. Paul, and Coppell locations. During this investigation of sex discrimination, OFCCP also found that G&K failed to provide equal opportunity to 456 Black and 111 White applicants at its Charlotte and Houston locations when hiring for its general laborer positions. G&K Services denies those allegations but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, G&K Services will also extend 78 job opportunities to the male, white and black applicants who were not hired and 58 opportunities for women to move into the higher paying positions. G&K will also review and revise its selection practices to eliminate steering and sex stereotyping as well as any other barriers to equal opportunity.

Gordon Food Service, Inc. Central State Warehouse

Gordon Food Service, Inc. Central State Warehouse (GFS Central), a restaurant and institutional food industry, will pay $725,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Shepherdsville, KY, 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 163 qualified women who applied for entry level Laborers-Unskilled Job Group (80) positions and were not hired. GFS Central denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, GFS Central will also extend 13 job offers job opportunities.

Gordon Food Service, Inc. Great Lakes East Division /Warehouse Department

Gordon Food Service, Inc., Great Lakes East Division/Warehouse Department (GFS East) , a restaurant and intuitional food industry, will pay $446,000.00 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Brighton, MI 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 230 qualified women who applied for entry level Laborer-Unskilled Job Group (80) positions and were not hired. GFS East denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, GFS East will also extend 8 job opportunities.

Gordon Food Service Inc. Great Lakes West Division/Warehouse Division

Gordon Food Service, Inc., Great Lakes West Division/Warehouse Department (GFS West), a restaurant and intuitional food industry, will pay $466,000.00 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Grand Rapids, MI and Kenosha, MI facilities. A compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the federal contractor discriminated against 424 qualified women in Kenosha and qualified women in Grand Rapids who applied for entry level Laborer-Unskilled Job Group (80) positions and were not hired. GFS West denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, GFS West will also extend 11 job opportunities at the Kenosha facility and 5 job opportunities at the Grand Rapids facility.

Integris

Integris Mental Health, a residential treatment center for children, will pay $232,690 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Spencer, OK, 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 351 qualified women who applied for Mental Health Worker positions and were not hired. Integris denies these claims. However, they have agreed to resolve the claims through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Integris will offer 13 job opportunities.

Jennie-O Turkey Store Inc.,

Jennie–O Turkey Store Inc., a turkey processing and distribution facility, will pay $491,861.14 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Wilmar, 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 339 qualified females that applied for Laborer positions. Jennie–O denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Consent Decree filed with the Office of Administrative Law Judges. Under the agreement, Jennie–O will also extend 53 job opportunities.

Murray Guard Inc.

Murray Guard, Inc., a security services company, will pay $200,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Atlanta, GA 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 114 qualified women who applied for Security Officer positions and were not hired. Murray Guard denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Murray Guard will also extend 16 job opportunities.

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Norfolk Southern Corporation, a Virginia base company with common stock of Freight Line–Haul Railroads, will pay up to $492,000 to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Roanoke, VA, 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 Black qualified applicants who applied laborer positions were not hired. Norfolk Southern Corporation denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the Conciliation Agreement, Norfolk Southern will also extend seven job opportunities.

Pacific Seafood

Pacific Seafood, a seafood processing and distribution company will pay $82,174 in back pay and interest to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Clackamas, OR, 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 922 applicants who applied for laborer positions. Pacific Seafood denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Pacific Seafood will also extend job opportunities to 67 affected class members.

Reynolds Consumer Products, LLC

Reynolds Consumer Products, LLC, makers of trusted household brands such as Hefty Brand and Reynolds Wrap, will pay $86,000 ($73,600 in back pay, $6,400 in interest, and $6,000 in lieu of retroactive seniority) to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Louisville, Kentucky, 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 74 qualified African–Americans who applied for Production Worker Positions and were not hired. Reynolds denies those claims but has agreed to resolve the issue through a Conciliation Agreement. Under the agreement, Reynolds will also extend seven job offers and ensure no blanket exclusionary policy regarding the screening of criminal history will exist going forward and that they any screening for criminal history is tailored to the position(s) at issue. Reynolds has also agreed to be proactive in their outreach by reaching out to ex-offender programs to avoid any chilling effect of the prior policy.