Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Remember the OFCCP? It's Back

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Remember the OFCCP? It's Back

Article excerpt

Labor agency, after long hiatus, again pursues banks

Bank entry-level hiring practices are being scrutinized for possible racial discrimination by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

OFCCP is the division of the federal Department of Labor charged with enforcing affirmative action requirements for federal contractors, including banks.


The agency's Philadelphia region recently conducted visits in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to test for possible racial discrimination. OFCCP testers applied for entry-level positions at financial institutions. The testers were equally matched in education, credentials, and experience, the only difference being that one was a white male and the other a black.

The experiences of the testers were compared. It is rumored that the testing may have uncovered potentially discriminatory hiring practices, which OFCCP describes as "disturbing."

In April, OFCCP was to meet with representatives of ABA and Washington-area banks to discuss the results of the testing program and to focus on ways to prevent discrimination in hiring. ABA will also work to educate the industry.

Shirley Wilcher, deputy assistant secretary of the Department of Labor, who is the head of the OFCCP, indicated that the matched-pair testing program may be expanded beyond the Philadelphia region-possibly even nationwide. However, the program would not necessarily be directed solely at banking.


OFCCP's renewed attention to the banking industry stems in large part from its investigation of Provident Bancorp in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In that case, which involved the bank's hiring practices in 1988 and 1989, the government claimed Provident had passed over African-American, Asian, and Hispanic entry-level job applicants who were more qualified than the white applicants who were hired. …

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