Posts in February
Assistant Secretary Martinez – Advancing Inclusion
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez provided closing remarks to more than 75 Washington, D.C.-area business advocates and allies on February 21 at an LGBT Power Symposium sponsored by the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. read more
Too few know enough about Shirley Chisholm − the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress and the first African-American major-party candidate for president of the United States. As part of a the Department of Labor’s initiative to create a list of Books that Shaped Work in America, I was asked to suggest read more
OFCCP, on February 21, 2014, posted new information and resources on its Web site to assist federal contractors with outreach and recruitment targeting individuals with disabilities, employing and retaining individuals with disabilities, promoting self-disclosure as a person with a disability, assistive technologies that help change corporate culture, and reasonable accommodation. Several of the new items are listed below. read more
OFCCP Settles Hiring Discrimination Case with Cargill
OFCCP and Cargill Meat Solutions have reached a settlement in a set of hiring discrimination cases at three of the company’s facilities in Arkansas, Colorado and Illinois. Nearly 3,000 African American, Hispanic, Caucasian and female job applicants will share $2.2 million in back wages and interest after OFCCP investigators found that hiring managers at each location used inconsistent and subjective practices to favor one group over another based on race and sex. The settlement also resolves a 2011 lawsuit filed by OFCCP against Cargill for discrimination at its Springdale, Arkansas facility. For more on this settlement, check out the press release available here
On February 6, 2014, the U. S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) conducted the third webinar of its “Moving Toward Compliance” series of webinars. These sessions are being presented to assist Federal contractors in complying with the new agency regulations that become effective on March 24, 2014. The February 6 webinar, entitled “The Components of a New VEVRAA AAP” provided information on creating Affirmative Action Programs (“AAPs”) compliant with the new Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (“VEVRAA”) regulations which the agency published on September 24, 2013, in the Federal Register.