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'
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