Company ordered to pay $325,000 to 60 black applicants to settle allegations of racial discrimination at Ohio plant

The federal government has reached an agreement with a company to settle findings of race-based hiring discrimination at its Ohio manufacturing plant. The company must pay 60 blacks a total of $325,000.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Sep 18, 2012

 

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has reached an agreement with federal contractor Meyer Tool Inc. to settle findings of race-based hiring discrimination.

Under a consent judgment approved by a Labor Department administrative law judge, Meyer Tool will pay $325,000 in back wages and interest to 60 qualified African-American applicants who were rejected for entry-level machinist positions at the company's manufacturing plant in Cincinnati. Meyer Tool also will extend job offers to at least 11 members of the original class as positions become available.

"Workers should never be denied a fair shot at employment because of factors that have absolutely nothing to do with their ability to do the job," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. "I am pleased that we were able to reach a fair settlement with Meyer Tool - one that will provide remedies to the affected workers and guarantee that, going forward, qualified applicants of all races and backgrounds will have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field for good jobs."

Based on a compliance review of the facility, OFCCP investigators determined that Meyer Tool had failed to ensure qualified job applicants received equal consideration for employment without regard to race as required by Executive Order 11246. The department filed an administrative complaint on Nov. 19, 2010, alleging systematic discrimination on the part of the company.

Under the terms of the consent judgment, Meyer Tool not only will provide financial remedies and job offers to the affected workers, but also will maintain employment records as required by law, provide equal employment opportunity training to all employees involved in the hiring process and submit detailed progress reports on this front to OFCCP for the next two years.

Cincinnati-based Meyer Tool manufactures engine parts, primarily for the aerospace industry, and is one of the area's largest private companies. During the period of OFCCP's review, Meyer Tool held contracts worth nearly $300,000 to provide engines and engine parts to the U.S. Army.

In addition to Executive Order 11246, OFCCP enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. As amended, these three laws require those who do business with the federal government, both contractors and subcontractors, to follow the fair and reasonable standard that they not discriminate in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. For general information, call OFCCP's toll-free helpline at 800-397-6251 or visit its website at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp.

OFCCP v. Meyer Tool Inc. -- Case Number: 2011-OFC-00003

Comments

Windy

NOT ALL!!! There are good AND bad people from EVERY cultural heritage. It is all the choices a person makes during their lifetime which make him/her who they are, NOT their skin color, Archie Bunker!

beltzhoover

Your headline reads 60 black applicants. But in your paragraphs you use African Americans. smh. I guess you had to get ppls attention somehow huh. Things will never change.

jas

"Black" is used in headlines in almost all newspapers because it's a lot shorter than African-American. It has nothing to do with getting people's attention. It's a simple matter of space like your use of "ppls". Enough with your ignorant conspiracy allegations. Get over it.

deertracker

Surprise surprise! NOT!

jack langhals

If any one should be getting any priorities or special consideration it should be The Native American.They are the ones that really got screwed.And they portray General Custer as American hero,he was a butcher and deserved what he got !

jas

I agrre that Native Americans got screwed more than African-Americans but injustice has been prevalent in how American society has treated both groups. We can thank Andrew Jackson for making "Indian killing" a national obsession throughout the 1800's. Jackson was one of our most influential presidents but most of his influence had a long term detrimental effect on our country. A lot like the long term effect on our economy that began with trickle down economics under Reagan - an equally bad but influential president like Jackson.

mister wizard

This company was never convicted of willful racial discrimination, nor did they admit to any such violation. Just another shakedown by the Federal Race Police.

mikeylikesit

redistribution of wealth?

hit the road jack

Man,this really takes the cake,the people were denied the ability to apply for a job they weren't qualified for,so they sued. the best part is that it is U.S. Military (aerospace) aircraft engines,DAMN, no wonder they crash aircraft all the time and cannot figure out what the problem is,ITS THE HELP MAKING THE EQUIPMENT! what the hell is left to $crew up in this country.

m...w...k

this is stupid. black people are generally lazy. that is fact so who cares if they got hired. i dont blame the company