The U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that two federal contractors have agreed to settle allegations of hiring discrimination.
According to the settlement, Comark Building Systems, of DeSoto, agreed to pay $229,534 in back pay and interest to 740 applicants it rejected for the position of plant laborer. The applicants included 122 female workers who claimed they were rejected based on gender, and 620 applicants who claimed they were rejected based on ethnicity. Comark also agreed to fill 24 positions with members of the class and correct discriminatory practices.
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP agreed to pay $749,000 in back pay and interest to 399 black applicants whom it rejected for the position of utility worker. Georgia-Pacific also agreed to correct any of its discriminatory practices. Like Comark, Georgia-Pacific agreed to hire 24 utility workers from the class members.
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