impactAlert: US Dept. of Labor Sues Federal Contractor for Employment Discrimination- 10/3/2016

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced announced it has filed a lawsuit against Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto, CA-based technology company, for systematically discriminating against Asian job applicants in its hiring process and selection procedures.

Palantir currently provides software and data analysis services under federal contract to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Department of the Army.

The OFCCP’s lawsuit aims to end Palantir’s alleged discriminatory hiring policies and practices, and also seeks to restore lost wages, interest, retroactive seniority and all other lost benefits of employment to those who experienced job discrimination.

In addition, if Palantir fails to provide relief as ordered, the OFCCP will request cancellation of all of the company’s government contracts and debarment from entering into future federal contracts.

ImpactAction: For employers with federal contracts, we recommend you review and ensure your company is in compliance with all appropriate OFCCP-related hiring and employment rules and regulations. We also recommend you ensure your Affirmative Action Plan, which is required for all federal contractors with 50 or more employees, is current and that you’re in full compliance with its requirements and obligations.

Please let us know if need help complying with OFCCP rules as well as preparing Affirmative Action Plans. Contact us today at info@impacthrllc.com or by phone at 410-312-7882.

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