by Art Gutman Ph.D., Professor, Florida Institute of Technology
The agreement relates to a charge of discrimination in hiring against Hispanic, African American and females for the position of material handler. Alcoa Mills will make $484,656.19 in back pay to 37 Hispanics and African-Americans and $35,516.88 to two women who all were rejected for jobs at the company's plant in Lancaster, Pa. (see http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20111168.htm). The allegations were made by the OFCCP following a scheduled compliance review of the Lancaster manufacturing plant from 2009 and 2010. OFCCP Director Shiu noted that "No worker should be denied a job because of factors that have absolutely nothing to do with his or her ability to accomplish the work" and that she is “glad we reached a fair settlement with Alcoa Mill Products, one that not only provides financial remedies for the affected victims, but also creates opportunities for good jobs." In addition to the $540+ thousand monetary settlement, 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 human resources personnel involved in hiring. The company will also revise its selection process for material handlers.
August 05, 2011