OFCCP posts another big financial settlement related to hiring
OFCCP has been on quite a run over the last few months posting one big settlement after another. The latest has identified males as the victims where they were being screened out for food assembly positions. Once again the issue is in an entry-level position where a race or gender group was being screened out in favor of their counterpart. See the OFCCP Press Release and excerpt below:
FLORENCE, Ala. --- The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has entered into an agreement with federal contractor Hillshire Brands Co., formerly Sara Lee Food & Beverage, to resolve claims of systemic hiring discrimination. The settlement follows an investigation by OFCCP that determined Hillshire violated Executive Order 11246 by discriminating against 2,474 men who applied for semiskilled machine operator jobs at the company's sandwich production plant in Florence.
OFCCP investigators found that these men were steered into dumper/stacker jobs, whereas women were generally steered into biscuit assembler jobs, despite the fact that both positions required the same qualifications. During a 20-month review period from 2009 to 2010, 98 percent of applicants selected for biscuit assembler positions were women, and 99 percent of applicants selected for dumper/stacker positions were men. Because there were fewer dumper/stacker positions available, the result was a significant hiring disparity for male applicants.