Alcoa Mill Products Inc., the world’s leading producer of aluminum, paid more than $540,000 in back wages in their settlement agreement with 39 Hispanic, African American, and female applicants who were denied jobs at the company’s plant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs had conducted a scheduled compliance review of Alcoa who has contracts with the U.S. Army in excess of $50 million. It determined that the company violated Executive Order 11246 which requires companies with federal contracts to ensure that all qualified job applicants receive equal consideration without regard to their sex, age, race, color, religion, or national origin. OFCCP Director, Patricia Shiu, states “No workershould be denied a job because of factors that have absolutely nothing to do with his or her ability to accomplish the work.”
The settlement not only provided financial remedies for the affected victims, but it also created opportunities for employment. Alcoa Mill agreed to extend job offers to nine of the identified class members as positions become available. The company also will spend upwards of $20,000 on equal employment opportunity, anti-harassment, and sentisitivity training for its workforce, specifically all managers and human resource personnel involved in hiring.
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