The Department of Labor recently settled a nearly 25-year-old hiring discrimination case with NationsBank, which later merged with Bank of America. The settlement ends an audit the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) began on November 24, 1993. The bank agreed to pay $1 million in wages and interest to 1,027 African-American applicants for clerical, teller, and other positions. The settlement is a reminder of some best practices all contractors would do well to follow.

Background

The OFCCP alleged the bank discriminated against African-American applicants for entry-level jobs. A Department of Labor judge found statistically significant disparities between African-American and Caucasian applicants for entr