Baldor Electric Co., an Arkansas-based manufacturer, recently settled a discrimination complaint, according to the Arkansas Times. Baldor Electric agreed to pay $2 million to plaintiffs for systematic discrimination in its hiring process against women and minorities.
Investigators from the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs determined the screening process to be in violation of Executive Order 11246. The result was 795 qualified applicants were screened because they were women, Hispanic, Asian or African-American.
“I am pleased with this settlement, which reflects a mutual commitment between the Department of Labor and the leadership of Baldor to ensure that all workers have a fair and equal shot at competing for good jobs,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Our shared goal is to create lasting change so that anyone who comes looking for work at Baldor can be sure that discrimination will never be a factor in determining who gets the job.”
In addition to the $2 million paid out to those discriminated against, Baldor has agreed to hire 50 members of the discriminated classes. The US Department of Labor should be commended for going after companies that practice systematic discrimination. If you have been the victim of discrimination or harassment in the work place, contact an attorney to ensure your rights are not further violated.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—California employment law attorneys