Cincinnati-based Meyer Tool has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle race discrimination charges leveled by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The OFCCP claims the company systematically discriminated against black applicants.
The investigation found that 60 black applicants who were rejected for entry-level machinist positions were actually well-qualified. They will split the settlement amount, and 11 class members will be offered jobs at the plant.
Additionally, the company will maintain legally required employment records, provide equal employment opportunity training to all employees involved in the hiring process and submit detailed progress reports to OFCCP over the two-year span of the settlement agreement.
The OFCCP has powers similar to those of the EEOC. It enforces anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws for contractors that do business with the federal government. Meyer Tool fell under OFCCP jurisdiction because it worked on a U.S. Army contract during the time the investigation took place.
Note: Companies that do work for state or federal government face an extra level of scrutiny. They not only have to comply with Title VII, but must also meet separate standards for public contractors.