The U.S. Department of Labor entered into a settlement agreement with Swissport
USA, Inc, resolving the department's allegations that Swissport discriminatorily
refused to hire female and minority job applicants into ramp worker positions,
at the Anchorage, Alaska Airport.
Under the settlement agreement, Swissport will pay $94,065 in back pay and
interest to 17 female and minority job applicants, as well as offer them jobs
with the company. In addition to the job offers and back pay, Swissport agreed
to revise its hiring and selection procedures to preclude future discrimination
against minority and female job applicants.
The department's allegations arose out of a compliance review conducted by
the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which enforces nondiscrimination
obligations of federal contractors. OFCCP initiated the compliance review based
on information provided through reports Swissport made under a previous agreement
with the department.
Swissport USA, Inc. of Anchorage is part of Swissport North America, Inc.,
located in Dulles, Va. Swissport provides airport ground handling services to
the federal government.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, part of the Labor Department's
Employment Standards Administration, enforces Executive Order 11246 and other
laws that prohibit employment discrimination by federal contractors. The agency
monitors federal contractors to ensure that they provide equal employment opportunity
without regard to race, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability
or veterans' status and meet affirmative action requirements.