July 21, 2014

New Jersey Trade School to Hire Ombuds in EEOC Settlement

The apprenticeship school affiliated with the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of Sheet Metal Workers Local 25 will pay a fine and adopt other anti-discriminatory measures, including an Ombuds, in settlement of a suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to a press release from the agency the settlement, "requires the JATC to appoint an ombudsperson to investigate complaints of bias brought by apprentices regarding classroom instruction, access to on-the-job opportunities, and any other aspect of the apprenticeship process." The EEOC had charged that the union's school had discharged a black apprentice because of his race just two weeks before he was to graduate from the four-year apprenticeship program. No other details of the new Ombuds program were provided. (EEOC Press Release.)

If past is precedent, this new Ombuds will be a phantom.

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