Hiring Discrimination Victims to Receive $165K From Federal Contractor in Settlement, Says DOL

And speaking of money, Aramark, a federal contractor in Lubbock, Texas that provide its services and products to multiple federal departments and agencies, including much of the Defense Department, will pay $165,000 in backpay and benefits to settle systemic hiring discrimination claims.

The victims of this discrimination were 335 male and African-American applicants, the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement of the settlement said.

Under the agreement, Aramark will pay $165,000 in back wages, interest, and benefits to the affected class members. The company, while not admitting liability, will also make 53 job offers to original applicants as positions become available. Finally, the company will review and revise its selection process and provide better training to its hiring managers to eliminate practices that result in gender and race stereotyping.

“There are no such things as ‘women’s work’ and ‘men’s work.’ There is only work, and federal contractors are well aware of their obligation to provide equal opportunities to all employees and job applicants,” said OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu. “This settlement is a reminder that it is up to the employee or job applicant to decide which positions to pursue, whatever their reasons. A contractor may only evaluate whether or not an individual has the ability to do the job.”

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