During a compliance review of the Great Plains, Coca-Cola Bottling in Oklahoma City, the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found that the company failed to hire females in merchandisers, driver, driver trainee, production, and warehouse positions. OFCCP established that the company violated Executive Order 11246 because the female applicants were far less likely to be offered a job than similarly qualified male applicants.
OFCCP Settlement and Findings
- OFCCP found that Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling rejected 1,293 qualified female applicants who applied for employment as a driver trainee, driver, merchandiser, warehouse, and production positions
- The compliance review investigated the hiring that occurred during two years starting in June of 2007
- Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling will pay $475,000 million in back pay and interest to the 1,293 female applicants who applied for these positions but were not selected.
- The bottling company will extend employment offers to 116 of the affected members as openings become available.
- Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling will revise its practices, policies, and procedures in its recruitment and selection process.
Though this case took place in 2007; the message is still valid; contractors need to monitor their recruitment and hiring practices for adverse impact diligently. As with these types of settlements, the $475,000 will be shared equally between the 1,293 female applicants, each receiving $367.36. It is important to note that a significant portion of the $475K was interest accumulated from June 2007 until the case was settled. Career Resources can assist you in reviewing your selection process and conduct these analyses when preparing your affirmative action plan. Contractors must prepare an affirmative action plan but implement and disseminate the Plan to managers and HR team members.