The New York Times reports that the U.S. Department of Labor reached a $3 million settlement with FedEx to resolve complaints that the ground delivery company discriminated against over 21thousand job seekers at 24 facilities in 15 states.
The Labor Department said that it had found evidence of discrimination by FedEx on the basis of sex, race, and national origin. According to department officials, FedEx has agreed under the settlement to make many changes to correct discriminatory hiring practices and to “extend job offers to 1,703 of the people rejected for jobs as part-time package handlers as those positions become available.”
A spokesman for FedEx Ground said, “We agreed to pay the $3 million to avoid what would have been a prolonged and much more costly resolution process.”
The Director of the contract compliance office, Patricia Shiu, said that “her office first uncovered evidence of discrimination at FedEx seven years ago during a regularly scheduled review.”
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