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Hiring Discrimination

Little Rock, AR: (Oct-03-07) The US Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs brought a lawsuit against Alltel Corp. alleging that the company discriminated against its employees on the basis of gender. According to the federal agency, the Alltel Communications facility at Little Rock was accused of engaging in hiring discrimination based on gender over a one-year period. Sources claimed that those affected included 539 female applicants for jobs as financial-service and technical-support representatives.

As part of a settlement reached, the company agreed to a $275,000 payout to settle the gender discrimination complaint. The agency said that in addition to the money going to the 539 women, Alltel agreed to hire 22 of them. The news release said that the settlement also calls for the company to immediately correct any discriminatory practices and undertake extensive self-monitoring measurements for two years to ensure that all hiring practices fully comply with the law. [KATV NEWS: HIRING BIAS]

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Published on Oct-4-07


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