Wackenhut Agrees to Discrimination Settlement

June 10, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – The Wackenhut Corporation has agreed to a $290,000-settlement of allegations the security company discriminated against 446 rejected African-American applicants.

A news release said the settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) also includes an agreement to hire 41 of the applicants into traditional security officer positions at its Aurora, Colorado, facility.

“The department is committed to ensuring that federal contractors and subcontractors hire, promote and compensate their employees fairly, without respect to their race, gender, ethnicity, disability, religion or veteran status,” said Patricia A. Shiu, director of OFCCP, in the news release.

OFCCP investigators found that the company engaged in hiring discrimination against African-Americans from January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2003.

The company also agreed to undertake extensive self-monitoring measures to ensure that all hiring practices comply with the law and will immediately correct any discriminatory practice, the announcement said.