HR Management & Compliance, Recruiting

Recent Enforcement Cases Signal Continued Enforcement Focus on Pay, Hiring

By Susan Schoenfeld, JD

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced a number of settlements in enforcement cases against federal government contractors demonstrating a continued emphasis on pursuing systemic hiring and pay discrimination claims against government contractors. Settlements cost ranged from $165,000 to $1.8 million and required the affected contractors to take action in hiring and promotions as reparations for those alleged violations.

In addition to highlighting OFCCP’s concentrated focus on systemic hiring and compensation issues, these recent cases show that contracts with large numbers of applicants for entry-level positions must be vigilant in carrying out consistent, nondiscriminatory hiring practices and in documenting and maintaining records of such efforts.

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