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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is settling with federal government contractor NCS Pearson Inc. for allegations of hiring racial discrimination against 67 Asian job applicants who were rejected for associate software developer positions at the company’s Iowa City, Iowa, facility.

“All workers deserve a fair shot to compete for and secure good jobs, and it is incumbent upon companies that do business with taxpayer dollars to make sure that the doors of opportunity are truly open to everyone,” says OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu, a member of the federal Interagency Working Group on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. “President Obama has articulated his commitment to protecting the civil rights of our nation’s rapidly growing Asian American communities, and I’m pleased that we were able to work out a settlement, which will provide financial relief and jobs for workers who were denied their fair shot.”

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