NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has entered into a conciliation agreement with AlliedBarton Security Services LLC to resolve alleged pay discrimination affecting 2,263 female, Black and American Indian employees over a two-year period at the federal contractor’s New York City location.
A routine OFCCP compliance evaluation found that AlliedBarton discriminated against the affected employees from Nov. 3, 2012, through Nov. 3, 2014, when the company paid affected employees working as unarmed security officers less than their counterparts by assigning them to lower-paying job sites. OFCCP determined that the company’s actions violated Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.
AlliedBarton will pay $1,175,000 in back wages and interest to 2,263 affected employees. The company will also take corrective action to eliminate discriminatory compensation and job-site placement policies, conduct training and monitor compensation and job-site placements for unarmed security officers. AlliedBarton will train all individuals involved in any way in placing, assigning or transferring unarmed security officers to jobsites on the written job-site placement developed pursuant to the agreement.
“The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ review highlights the importance of job placement to ensure pay equity. This agreement makes a lasting impact on the company’s workforce and sets a standard for the industry,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Northeast Regional Director Diana Sen in New York City.
AlliedBarton Security Services LLC provided security systems and services to Federal and private sector clients. It now operates as Allied Universal Security Services.
OFCCP launched the Class Member Locator to identify applicants or workers who may be entitled to monetary relief and/or consideration for job placement as a result of OFCCP’s compliance evaluations and complaint investigations. If you think you may be a class member employed or formerly employed by AlliedBarton Security Services LLC/Allied Universal Security Services LLC during the investigative period, please use OFCCP’s Class Member Locator to learn more about this and other settlements.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs enforces Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. For more information, call the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs toll-free helpline at 800-397-6251.