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The mission of ESA is to enhance the welfare and protect the rights of American workers. As an enforcement and benefit delivery Agency, ESA is composed of four major programs:
 Nine Organizations Honored for Creating Opportunities in the Workplace

For their efforts to promote equal employment opportunity, the U.S. Department of Labor handed out three types of awards - the Secretary of Labor's Opportunity Award, Exemplary Voluntary Efforts (EVE) Awards, and Exemplary Public Interest Contribution (EPIC) Awards - to nine organizations at an annual awards ceremony hosted by the department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

SCANA Corporation, headquartered in Columbia S.C., received the Secretary of Labor's Opportunity Award. The EVE Awards were presented to the Aerospace Corporation, Dell Computer Corporation, LG&E Energy Corporation, and Tice Electric Company while the EPIC awards were received by the National Business and Disability Council, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, Lynchburg Community Action Group, and Nontraditional Employment for Women. Read more...

 In Focus
New Data Show Record-Breaking Results from Strong Enforcement, Compliance Assistance

Wage and Hour Achievements:

  • Total back wages collected for workers in FY 2003 increased by 21% over FY 2002, from $175.6 million to $212.5 million—an 11-year record.
  • The number of workers who received back wages in FY 2003 increased by nearly 30% over FY 2002, from 263,593 workers to 342,358.

OLMS Achievements:

  • In FY 2003, OLMS investigations resulted in 152 convictions, an average of 12.5 per month. Between FY 1999 and FY 2002, OLMS investigations resulted in 660 convictions, an average of 11 per month.
  • OLMS increased the number of convictions in FY 2003 by 69% over FY 2002
  • OLMS conducted 30% more election investigations in FY 2003 than FY 2002.

OFCCP Achievements:

  • In FY 2003, OFCCP completed 7,709 compliance evaluations covering over 2.5 million workers—more reviews and more covered workers than any year since 1991.
  • OFCCP completed 52 Corporate Management Reviews during FY 2003, a record number. Corporate Management Reviews ensure that workers have an equal opportunity to rise to management and executive positions.
  • OFCCP focused on systemic discrimination cases in FY 2003, obtaining settlements which provided $26,220,356 in financial remedies to 14,361 minority and female workers.
  • In FY 2003, OFCCP referred 12 systemic discrimination cases to the Office of the Solicitor for enforcement litigation, involving $27.3 million in estimated liability and over 1,500 workers. The Solicitor’s Office filed enforcement litigation in 5 OFCCP cases this year, with estimated liability of more than $6.2 million and involving more than 2,400 workers

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