According to a batch of seven financial settlements made public by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) since our last update in October, the agency has collected over $7.3 million in back pay and interest for 6,362 individuals thus far in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 (October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020). Of particular note, nearly $5.5 million of that total was collected from two Early Resolution Procedures (ERP) settlements.
Consistent with recent years, this latest round of settlements (formally known as Conciliation Agreements, or CAs) suggests that OFCCP is continuing to vigorously pursue indicators of hiring and compensation discrimination. Of the seven settlements summarized below, six were for alleged hiring discrimination violations, with two of those being for both hiring and compensation discrimination violations, and one was solely for compensation discrimination violations. Six of the seven FY 2020 settlements can be accessed in OFCCP’s online Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Library.
Please keep in mind that simply because a contractor decides to settle a dispute with OFCCP does not mean that the allegations raised against the contractor are meritorious. In fact, none of the settlements discussed below contains any admission of guilt.
Members of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) can read more here.