Recent OFCCP Settlement Makes Case For Affirmative Action Self-Audits

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Recently, Alcoa Mill Products Inc. agreed to pay over $500,000 in back wages to 39 female and minority applicants who were rejected for jobs at the company's plant in Lancaster, PA. The payment was part of a settlement that resolved a finding by the Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that Alcoa Mill Products discriminated against Hispanic, African-American and female applicants for material handler positions. During a scheduled compliance review, the OFCCP determined that the company's hiring process for material handlers had a disparate impact on minority and female applicants. In addition to paying back wages, Alcoa Mill Products agreed to extend job offers to nine of the class members, to spend at least $20,000 on training, and to revise its selection process for material handlers.

This case is a cautionary tale for government contractors. The outcome in this case could have been avoided if the company would have conducted an affirmative action self-audit. A self-audit would have revealed the problems in the selection process before they were uncovered by the OFCCP.

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