NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that FAPS Inc. will pay $350,000 after allegations of race discrimination.

FAPS allegedly engaged in a pattern of discrimination against African-Americans in its recruitment process. The company purportedly used word-of-mouth advertising that discouraged African-Americans from applying, refused to hire qualified African-Americans and told black applicants that no positions were available even when the company was in fact hiring.

"This case is emblematic of EEOC's commitment to ensure equal opportunity in hiring, particularly in industries with a history of exclusion of African-Americans," EEOC General Counsel David Lopez said. "EEOC's New York District has been at the forefront of the efforts to eradicate race discrimination in employment, as seen in this case and in the recent settlements in discrimination cases against the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association."

In addition to monetary relief, the company is required by a district judge to make good-faith efforts to meet designated hiring goals for African-Americans, use recruiting methods that target black candidates, and not to discourage black candidates from applying.

"Employers must fully understand that racial bias and stereotypes cannot corrupt recruitment and hiring decisions," EEOC New York District Director Kevin Berry said. "The law requires that black job applicants be afforded the same job opportunities that are granted to everyone else."

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