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Georgia-Pacific Consumer Operations LLC

Zachary, LA: (Aug-28-07) The US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) brought a lawsuit against Georgia-Pacific Consumer Operations LLC, Port Hudson Facility in Zachary, Louisiana, alleging that the company engaged in hiring discrimination based on race over a two-year period. The suit claimed that the company discriminated against 399 black applicants for the position of utility workers. OFCCP investigators determined that the company administered pre-employment tests as part of the selection process for utility worker positions that adversely impacted black applicants.

As part of a settlement agreement reached, Georgia-Pacific will pay 399 black applicants $749,076 in back pay and interest, immediately correct any discriminatory practice, hire 24 utility workers from the class members who were discriminated against, and undertake extensive self-monitoring measurements for two years to ensure that all hiring practices fully comply with the law. The OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246 and other laws requiring federal contractors and sub-contractors to implement affirmative action programs and to guarantee equal employment opportunity in the workplace without regard to race, gender, disability, or veteran status. [CCH NEWS: HIRING DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Aug-29-07


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