Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® (OBE) has agreed to pay $300,000 in back wages and interest to eligible class members to resolve hiring discrimination allegations at its Covington, Ga., facility. The company entered into a conciliation agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which had alleged that OBE discriminated, in favor of white and male applicants, against female and African American applicants who applied for glassworker production positions. OBE did not agree nor admit to the allegations in the settlement.
OBE did agree to provide job opportunities to 49 affected applicants. The company will also take steps to ensure its personnel practices, including recruitment, recordkeeping and internal auditing procedures comply with the law.
OFCCP found the company’s actions violated Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race, national origin or gender.
“Federal contractors and subcontractors must comply with all federal anti-discrimination laws,” says OFCCP Southeast regional director Samuel Maiden. “[The company] is working cooperatively with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve this matter and has committed to providing equal employment opportunities.”
OBE released a statement in response to the conciliation agreement announcement.
“The allegations made by the OFCCP arise from a statistical analysis of OBE Covington’s applicant data for one job position (glass production worker) during the period from June 29, 2014 – June 28, 2016. The OFCCP routinely selects federal contractors at random for audits each year. OBE disputes OFCCP’s methodology for analyzing the data and denies all allegations of discrimination. OBE settled this matter to avoid the expense and resource cost of an audit that has already lasted several years. OBE is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion and rigidly enforces its anti-discrimination policies to ensure that it maintains equal opportunity hiring and employment practices,” reads the statement.
OBE has supplied architectural glass for federal projects, including the curtainwall for the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Miami.