Contractor Settles DOL Race Bias Charge

There’s no letup in the U.S. Department of Labor’s mandate to combat and eliminate employment discrimination in the provision of services to the federal government.

The DOL announced yesterday that a company that performs electrical services for the U.S. government will pay $ 1 million and offer entry-level positions to 48 black applicants as part of a settlement of a discrimination charge the department brought against it under Executive Order 11246.

DOL said that during a scheduled compliance review, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs determined that Lincoln Electric’s paper and online application systems created multiple barriers for African Americans to advance in the selection process. In addition, Lincoln Electric’s applications and post-application tests were not properly supported by a validation study that satisfies the requirements of the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures.

Lincoln does $2 million worth of contracts to manufacture welding, cutting and joining products for the government.

Additionally, the company will revise its selection policies and procedures, including making changes to its online application test, to ensure equal employment opportunity for all job applicants going forward.

Read more about the settlement here.


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