The Cost of Discrimination In Employment

On February 26, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a breakdown of the 67,448 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. According to the report, the agency secured $439.2 million for victims of discrimination in the private sector, state, and local government workplaces. These payments were secured through both…
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Federal Contractors and Their Employees Pay the Price for Lack of OFCCP Compliance Officer Training

For over four years we’ve been anxiously following the progress made (or rather lack of) by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in response to a 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Why do we care about what the GAO says about OFCCP?  For one, as the “congressional watchdog” responsible for providing objective…
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Google Settles Systemic Discrimination: A Learning Experience

The Department of Labor recently announced that Google LLC will pay more than $3.8 million to resolve allegations of systemic hiring and compensation discrimination at its California and Washington State locations. How did Google discriminate? In a routine compliance evaluation by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), compliance officers discovered differences in hiring…
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OFCCP Updates Employment Resource Referral Directory: What Federal Contractors Need to Know

As a federal contractor, ensuring compliance with federal mandates is no easy job. And with diversity top-of-mind, contractors today can’t afford the reputational risk of overlooking their affirmative action obligations, especially their outreach efforts. As many of us know, the Department of Labor – Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Program (OFCCP) enforces EO 11246, Section…
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OFCCP Reaches $7.8 Million Agreement with Wells Fargo to Resolve Alleged Discrimination

On August 24, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it has entered into a conciliation agreement with Wells Fargo Bank N.A. to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination. As part of the agreement Wells Fargo will pay $7,800,000 in back wages and interest. The DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs claimed that Wells Fargo discriminated…
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