Aramark Educational Services LLC Settles Charges of Gender and Race Discrimination with US Labor Department
Nov 24 15
Aramark Educational Services LLC settles charges of gender and race discrimination with US Labor Department 335 class members to receive $165,000 in back wages, interest, benefits DALLAS Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Aramark Education Services LLC has entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve claims of systemic hiring discrimination. OFCCP found that the contractor discriminated against 335 male and African-American applicants for food service worker positions with Aramark, a federal contractor in Lubbock. There are no such things as women's work and men's work. There is only work, and federal contractors are well aware of their obligation to provide equal opportunities to all employees and job applicants. This settlement is a reminder that it is up to the employee or job applicant to decide which positions to pursue, whatever their reasons. A contractor may only evaluate whether or not an individual has the ability to do the job. The agreement concludes an investigation from Aug. 16, 2008 through Aug. 16, 2010, by OFCCP that Aramark failed to comply with Executive Order 11246, which prohibits race and sex discrimination by federal contractors that do business with the government. Under the agreement, Aramark will pay $165,000 in back wages, interest, and benefits to the affected class members. The company, while not admitting liability, will also make 53 job offers to original applicants as positions become available. Finally, the company will review and revise its selection process and provide better training to its hiring managers to eliminate practices that result in gender and race stereotyping.