Company to Pay Hundreds of Thousands in Back Wages, Interest to Black Workers

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September 18, 2012 ‐ By

A machinist at work at a plant in Oregon. Image: AP Photo/The Columbian, Steven Lane)

Meyer Tool, an engine parts manufacturer based in Cincinnati, has agreed to pay $325,000 in back wages and interest to 60 African-American workers who were rejected for entry-level machinist positions. The company reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, putting an end to the race-discrimination case.

According to Fox 19 in Cincinnati, the OFCCP “found that Meyer Tool didn’t give equal consideration without regard to race to qualified job applicants.” In addition to the cash payment, the company will offer 11 of the applicants positions and training to all employees.

The company still hasn’t copped to doing anything wrong, and continued to defend itself through its legal representation.

“Meyer Tool has made changes to its recordkeeping procedures and carefully monitors those procedures to ensure this does not occur again,” said Colleen Lewis, a partner at Dinsmore. “As always, Meyer Tool Company remains committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and diversity.”

The case has been going on for seven years and, according to Lewis, this will put an end to the case and the expense.

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