Federal Contractors Should be Held to Higher Standards
Every employer in the United States needs to adhere to a variety of standards set forth by the Department of Labor, unions, and any other applicable regulatory body. However, some employers need to be held to an even higher standard, especially if they receive benefits based on their position. Companies that work with the federal government are expected to, at the very least, meet reasonable inclusion and non-discrimination standards in order to reflect our nation’s values in return for receiving taxpayer dollars, and failing to do so will result in penalties and fines.
These inclusion and non-discrimination standards apply to more than just people of different races and genders – they also apply to people with different disabilities that may prevent them from performing any variety of tasks. The United States Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found 553 cases of discrimination among federal contractors between January 2009 and December 2015, and managed to recover $71.1 million in back pay for over 130,000 job seekers and workers while also negotiating nearly 12,000 job opportunities.
Some notable recent cases the Department of Labor have recently solved include:
Ensuring fair hiring practices and preventing discrimination is a vital part of keeping America’s workforce strong, and violations need to be sought out and rectified in order to protect the affected workers. At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, our Houston attorneys work tirelessly to help those who have been wronged, and with more than 100 years of collective experience you know you’re in good hands. Contact us today by filling out our online form to schedule a free consultation, or call us to speak with one of our lawyers today.