CINCINNATI (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department says a Cincinnati-based contractor has agreed to pay $325,000 in back wages and interest to 60 qualified black workers who were rejected for entry-level machinist positions.
Federal officials said Monday that as part of the agreement, Meyer Tool Inc. also will offer jobs to at least 11 of the 60 workers as positions become available, provide equal employment opportunities and submit progress reports for two years.
An administrative law judge with the Labor Department approved the agreement.
The department filed an administrative complaint against the company in 2010 alleging systematic discrimination based on race.
A message left for company president Arlyn Easton wasn't immediately returned Monday. He has said that Meyer didn't discriminate in hiring practices, and that the complaint stemmed from a bookkeeping error.