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OFCCP has a big week resolving old cases with large settlements.

2014-09-12

On September 11, 2014 GE Lighting LLC agreed to settle allegations of hiring discrimination impacting 102 women who were rejected for entry-level attendant positions.  GE Lighting will pay $537,000 in back wages and interest and extend job offers to at least five of the original class members as positions become available.  During a compliance review, OFCCP found that GE Lights used the WorkKeys test as part of its selection process, even though it was not validated to satisfy the requirements of the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures.  OFCCP concluded that the GE Lighting hiring process systematically discrimination against female applicants.  

On September 10, 2014, Westat, Inc. agreed to settle allegations of hiring discrimination against 2,153 African American, 825 Asian American and 35 Hispanic job applicants for four positions and 638 female applicants for one position, between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009, at job sites in eight states.  Westat will pay $1,500,000 in back wages and interest to the 3,651 affected applicants and make 113 job offers to the original class members as positions become available.  Press Release

On September 4, 2014, Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co. has agreed to pay $475,000 in back wages and interest to settle allegations of sex discrimination affecting 1,293 female job seekers for five positions in the bottling and distribution facility in Oklahoma City.  The settlement stems from an OFCCP compliance review that began in June 2007.  OFCCP found that female applicants were much less likely to be hired than similarly-situated male applicants. The company will also make job offers to 116 of the original class members as positions become available.  Press Release

On September 4, 2014, Central Parking System of Louisiana Inc. has agreed to pay $275,000 in back wages and interest to settle allegations of placement and hiring discrimination affecting 104 women and 91 African Americans who were rejected as valets, between 2007 and 2009.  OFCCP found that qualified African Americans, who applied for jobs as valets were hired at a significantly lower rate than similarly situated applicants of other races. Also, qualified women who applied for these positions were steered into cashier positions, which do not earn tips, leading to lower earnings compared with men hired into valet positions.  The company has also agreed to place 65 of the women and hire 27 of the African Americans into valet positions, with retroactive seniority and benefits for the new hires, as positions become available. Press Release