In a settlement with the US Labor Department, Intercall, a federal contractor, has agreed to pay $700,000 in back wages, interest, and benefits to the 151 minority job applicants who faced discrimination by the company. Following its investigation, the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) determined that 103 black, 28 Asian, and 20 Hispanic applicants were systematically rejected for jobs for which they had applied in the company’s Chicago offices in 2006 and 2007.
Sandra Zeigler, Midwest Regional Director of OFCCP, stated, “Companies that do business with our government have a responsibility to ensure that their workplaces are safe, fair, and diverse. Going forward, we expect that to be true at InterCall.”
OFCCP found that InterCall’s hiring practices violated Executive Order 11246, which “prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of race and national origin” in their hiring practices.