Federal contractor AECOM to pay $205K in back wages, interest to Black applicants for allegations of hiring discrimination at VB location

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — An infrastructure consulting firm is expected to pay $205K in back wages to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its location in Virginia Beach.

In a release from the U.S. Department of Labor, officials say the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and infrastructure consulting firm AECOM Management Services have entered into an “Early Resolution Conciliation Agreement” to resolve claims of hiring discrimination which began in 2018.

According to the release, an OFCCP compliance evaluation alleged that from Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2019, AECOM discriminated in its hiring practices against Black applicants for aircraft worker positions at its location in Virginia Beach. 

Per the OFCCP, Executive Order 11246 prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity. 

In January 2020, AECOM Management Services was sold to the nowprivately-owned Amentum which is based in Germantown, Maryland and employs more than 34,000 people across the country.

The company performs work in 105 foreign countries and territories and currently holds $1.5 billion in numerous federal contracts with several government agencies, including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

As part of the agreement between the firm and the department of labor, AECOM has agreed to pay $205,000 in back wages and interest to 67 affected Black applicants to resolve the allegations. 

Applicants who believe they were affected by the allegations during the investigative period of Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019 can use OFCCP’s Class Member Locator to learn more about this and other settlements. 

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