☷US Department of Labor agreement with Rockland Bakery Inc requires employer to pay $850K to resolve hiring discrimination allegations | U S Department of Labor
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US Department of Labor agreement with Rockland Bakery Inc . requires employer to pay $850K to resolve hiring discrimination allegations Compliance review finds discrimination caused by word - of - mouth recruiting NEW YORK – The U . S . Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has entered into a conciliation agreement with Rockland Bakery Inc . to resolve alleged hiring discrimination at the federal contractor’s Nanuet location affecting female , Black and Asian class members . An OFCCP compliance review found that – from Jan . 1 , 2017 , to Dec . 31 , 2017 – Rockland Bakery Inc . discriminated against female , Black and Asian applicants who applied to work as cashiers , packers and bakers . The agency found that the company’s practice of relying on a word - of - mouth employee referral and recruitment system contributed to , at least in part , the hiring disparities impacting female , Black and Asian applicants . The agency determined that the company’s actions violated Executive Order 11246 , which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race , color , religion , sex , sexual orientation , gender identity or national origin . “This investigation demonstrates that federal contractors should not rely solely on employee referrals to replace good faith outreach and recruitment , especially when their applicant pools do not resemble the available workforce in the communities they serve , ” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Northeast Regional Director Diana Sen in New York City . Rockland Bakery also agreed to extend 52 job opportunities to female , Black and Asian applicants , provide training to all company employees involved in hiring decisions , and review and revise its recruitment processes to ensure they are free from discrimination . View the conciliation agreement . Rockland Bakery owns two New York bakery facilities in Nanuet and Newburgh . They have a service contract with the U . S . Department of Veterans Affairs , providing baked goods to West Point Academy . The bakery is the preferred vendor for many of the major food service management companies including Aramark , Compass , and Sodexo . OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246 , Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 . These laws require that federal contractors provide equal employment opportunity through affirmative action . OFCCP launched the Class Member Locator to identify applicants or workers who may be entitled to monetary relief and/or consideration for job placement as a result of OFCCP’s compliance evaluations and complaint investigations . If you think you may be a class member who applied for or was interested in a cashier , packer , or baker position at Rockland Bakery , Inc . during the investigative period , learn more about this and other settlements . Learn more about OFCCP .
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