As a result of a long investigation into racial discrimination in hiring at KPMG, the Netherlands-based accounting firm recently agreed to pay $420,000 to resolve the investigation. In this case, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found that KPMG discriminated against 60 Asian applications for associate audit positions in its Short Hills, New Jersey facility.
Because KPMG has contracts with federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA and the IRS, the firm falls under the OFCCP's watchful eye. The OFCCP is charged with ensuring that employers that do business with the federal government comply with nondiscrimination laws.
KPMG did not admit wrongdoing under the agreement, but agreed to the settlement amount to be paid to the affected applicants that includes back pay, interest and benefits. 6 of the affected applicants will be offered positions in the firm as they become available. The company also agreed to take steps so that all personnel practices meet legal requirements.
Freedom from Discrimination Is a Basic Workplace Right
Employees and job applicants have the right to freedom from discrimination when working or applying for work in the U.S. Discrimination based on age, gender, race, color, national origin, disability or religion is prohibited even if the employer is not a federal contractor.
Workers in New Jersey are also protected by the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. This law prohibits discrimination based on those characteristics mentioned above plus marital status, affectional or sexual orientation and familial status, among others.
Both federal and New Jersey employment discrimination laws protect not only job applicants but also employees. Discrimination can take many forms including:
- Failure to hire
- Failure to promote
- Lesser pay or benefits
- Undesirable or menial work assignments
- Lack of training opportunities
- Unequal discipline
- Wrongful termination
At our firm, we believe that you deserve to have the job you want and to be treated fairly at that job. Any inappropriate behavior or adverse action on the part of an employer impacts both you and your family too. That action may also be illegal based on either federal or state law. Let us aggressively fight for your employment rights if you feel that you have been discriminated against.
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If you or a family member has experienced discrimination of any kind including employment discrimination, has been harmed in any type of personal injury or needs help with any family law issue, please contact the Law Offices of Paul S. Foreman, P.C. immediately. We have the right experience to get the optimal results for your case. Please call us for a free consultation. Attorney Paul S. Foreman, personal injury attorney in Livingston, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 973-315-3232 or contact us via the website.