Meyer Tool will pay thousands to rejected African-American applicants

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Meyer Tool Inc. will pay $325,000 in back wages and interest to 60 qualified African-American applicants who were rejected for entry-level machinist positions at the company's manufacturing plant.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs reached the agreement with the federal contractor to settle findings of race-based hiring discrimination. "Workers should never be denied a fair shot at employment because of factors that have absolutely nothing to do with their ability to do the job," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. "I am pleased that we were able to reach a fair settlement with Meyer Tool – one that will provide remedies to the affected workers and guarantee that, going forward, qualified applicants of all races and backgrounds will have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field for good jobs."

OFCCP investigators found that Meyer Tool didn't give equal consideration without regard to race to qualified job applicants. As positions become available, Meyer Tool will extend job offers to at least 11 members of the original class and will provide equal employment opportunity training to all employees then submit progress reports to OFCCP for the next two years.

The company denied any wrongdoing or unlawful conduct. "We made a business decision to bring to an end a very costly seven year-old investigation which looked like it could have gone on for another couple of years at even greater expense to the company. This was an investigation involving alleged paperwork violations and technical statistical analyses about which expert PhD statisticians disagreed.  Meyer Tool has made changes to its recordkeeping procedures and carefully monitors those procedures to ensure this does not occur again.  As always, Meyer Tool Company remains committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and diversity," said Colleen Lewis, a partner at Dinsmore and legal counsel for Meyer Tool Company.

Meyer Tool manufactures engine parts and is one of the area's largest private companies.

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