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Alcoa Settles Discrimination Case

WI Web Staff Report | 8/2/2011, 12:12 p.m.

Alcoa Mill Products has agreed to settle a discrimination case involving minorities who were denied jobs as material handlers at plant in Lancaster, Pa.

Alcoa, which holds contracts with the U. S. Army n excess of $50 million, is the world's largest producer of aluminum. However, the company will pay nearly $500,000 in back wages to 37 Hispanics and African-Americans as well as about $35,000 to two women, according to a statement issued by the U. S. Department of Labor.

From 2009 to 2010, the department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) conducted a compliance review of the Lancaster manufacturing facility, and determined that Alcoa had failed to meet its obligations as a federal contractor. That involved ensuring that qualified job applicants received equal consideration for employment without regard to their sex, race, color, religion or national origin.

"No worker should be denied a job because of factors that have absolutely nothing to do with his or her ability to accomplish the work," said OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu. "I am glad we reached a fair settlement with Alcoa Mill Products, one that not only provides financial remedies for the affected victims, but also creates opportunities for good jobs."

In addition to agreeing to revise the way it selects material handlers, under the agreement with OFCCP, Alcoa will extend job offers to nine of the people discriminated against as positions become available. The company will also spend at least $20,000 on equal employment opportunity, anti-harassment and sensitivity training for its workforce, including all managers and human resources personnel involved in hiring.

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