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Equal Opportunity Discrimination

Dallas, TX: (Apr-11-08) The US Labor Department brought charges against defense contractor Vought Aircraft Industries Inc., alleging that the company's hiring practices discriminated against minorities and women. The suit was filed after Labor Department investigators found that Vought's hiring process disproportionately eliminated black and Asian men. The discrimination applied to women of all races as well. Department spokespersons revealed that the job aspirants applied for assembly trainee and aircraft assembly beginner jobs. In its defense, Vought Aircraft Industries issued a statement saying it was equal-opportunity employer and that the charges stemmed from hiring in 2004 and 2005.

Sources stated that the two sides had reached a settlement, in which the contractor agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve allegations. Under the terms of the agreement, the Dallas-based company consented to pay back wages to 1,045 job applicants. Labor department sources said that the rejected applicants will divide nearly $1.4 million in back pay with interest, and the company will pay about $70,000 for applicants interested in taking an aircraft-assembly training program that will produce 35 applicant hires. The new recruits will be paid salaries of $52,200. Following the settlement, the company said that it has changed its screening procedures and stopped using a test that the Labor Department said resulted in relatively few minority and female hires. [HOUSTON CHRONICLE: VOUGHT AIRCRAFT TO PAY $1.5 MILLION IN DISCRIMINATION SETTLEMENT]


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Published on Apr-15-08


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