gavel- representing a suit against Convergys for failing to provide affirmative action plansHewlett-Packard Company (HP) in Conway, Arkansas, has agreed to pay $750K to settle discrimination charges. The popular computer company allegedly denied over 500 applicants based on race and ethnicity for well-paid professional positions. The allegations came after an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) investigation, which included applicant and employee interviews, statistical analysis and reviewing the company’s documentation.Conciliation Findings and Agreement:

  • OFCCP found HP discriminated against qualified minority applicants applying for inside sales positions from December 2008 to August 2010.
  • HP has agreed to pay $750,000 in back pay with interest to the affected class members.
  • The action includes 504 qualified applicants – including 1 Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 1 American Indian/Alaskan Native, 44 Hispanics, 109 Asians and 349 African Americans.
  • HP has agreed to hire 33 of the affected class members into inside sales representative positions, with retroactive seniority, as positions open.
  • HP has also agreed to ensure its personnel procedures, including recordkeeping requirements, fully comply with federal laws.

TakeawayHP provides telecommunication, automatic data processing, and other computer-related services to the federal government. During the investigative period, HP received over $200 million in federal contracts.The OFCCP’s compliance reviews have continued to focus on finding hiring discrimination within a company. HP is a household name that can afford to pay a $750,000 settlement with the OFCCP, but can your company? Don’t get stuck with a settlement that could cost your business hundreds or even millions of dollars (see Tyson Foods Settlement for $1.6 million). Learn from these settlements, ensure your company is reviewing hiring processes, and have an affirmative action plan in place.If you have any questions concerning your hiring processes or affirmative action obligations, you can contact Career Resources at info@crincorporated.com.