Alcoa Mill Products Inc., the world’s leading aluminum manufacturer, has agreed to pay over $540,000 in back wages to 37 Hispanic and African-American and two women job applicants following a compliance review conducted by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that found that the company had discriminated in its hiring practices. The job applicants were all denied material handler positions at the company’s Lancaster, PA plant.
Patricia Shiu, director of OFCCP, stated, “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. I am 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.”
During its investigation between 2009 and 2010, OFCCP found that Alcoa Mill Products violated Executive Order 11246 “by failing to meet its obligations as a federal contractor to ensure that qualified job applicants receive equal consideration for employment without regard to their sex, race, color, religion, or national origin.”