BoA ordered to pay $2.1 million

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge Linda S. Chapman ordered Bank of America Corp. to pay 1,147 African American job applicants $ 2.1 million in back wages and interest for race-based hiring discrimination at the company’s Charlotte facility.

In an earlier ruling, the judge determined that the bank applied unfair and inconsistent selection criteria resulting in the rejection of qualified African American applicants for teller and entry-level clerical and administrative positions.

The ruling represents a major victory in a case that has spanned nearly two decades, during which Bank of America repeatedly challenged the authority of the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, according to a DOL press release.

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