We welcome you to JobBank USA and hope your job hunting experience
is a pleasant one. We hope you find our resources useful.
October 16, 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - A local distributor has agreed to pay $290,000 to 391 black job applicants rejected for laborer positions over a one-year period, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
The Springfield distributorship of the Eby-Brown Co., a convenience store supplier and wholesale food distributor, was found to have discriminated on the basis of race, the OFCCP said in a statement issued Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Of the total pool of job applicants, fewer blacks were hired than should have been expected, said Brad Mitchell, OFCCP spokesman.
Jeff Bundy, Eby-Brown vice president of Springfield operations, denied any wrongdoing.
"The company ... believes it would have been vindicated from any wrongdoing (and freed from) responsibility of any discrimination that allegedly took place in 2005. However, it has agreed to settle the case after concluding that it was in the best interest of all parties to avoid the expense and burden of continued litigation," Bundy said.
The fine will be distributed equally among the parties and 41 jobs with full benefits will be offered as positions become available, Mitchell said.
The company agreed to implement "self-monitoring measures to ensure that all employment practices fully comply with the law and will immediately correct any discriminatory practices that may arise in the future," the release says.
The company fully cooperated throughout the evaluation and settlement process, OFCCP said, and also has agreed to ensure compliance with federal discrimination record-keeping procedures.