ALCOA Mill Products will pay more than half a million dollars to resolve accusations it discriminated against black, Hispanic and female applicants for material handler positions at its Lancaster plant.
The plant fulfills orders under a contract with the U.S. Army. That means enforcement of employment law compliance falls to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
The OFCCP uncovered the discriminatory hiring practices during a routine compliance review.
ALCOA agreed to settle the charges before they went to trial. As part of the settlement agreement, ALCOA will pay back wages and extend job offers to nine of the class members. The company will pay $484,656 in back wages to 37 black and Hispanic applicants. Another $35,517 will go to two women who were rejected for material handling positions.
Additionally, the company agreed to spend at least $20,000 on equal employment opportunity, anti-harassment and sensitivity training for its workforce, including all managers and HR personnel involved in hiring. ALCOA agreed to revise its selection process for material handlers.
Note: If everyone in a given position looks alike, you probably have a bias problem. HR managers should periodically examine hiring patterns to ensure that no one is discriminating.
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