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AGENCY:

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Labor.

ACTION:

Notice of debarment: BFI Waste Services, L.L.C.'s 260 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, facility (Division #50).

SUMMARY:

This notice advises of the debarment of BFI Waste Services, L.L.C.'s 260 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, Maryland Facility (Division #50), (hereinafter “BRI”), as an eligible bidder on Government contracts or extensions or modifications of existing contracts. The debarment is effective immediately.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Charles E. James, Sr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Contract Compliance, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room C-3325, Washington, DC 20210 (202-693-1062).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On January 30, 2003, the United States Department of Labor's Administrative Law Judge Thomas M. Burke approved a Consent Decree, pursuant to Executive Order 11246, and its implementing regulations (41 CFR parts 60-1 et seq.). Under the terms of the Consent Decree, BFI Waste Service, L.L.C., its officers, agents, servants, employees, successors, divisions, subsidiaries, and persons in active concert or participation with them, agrees not to bid for or enter into Government contracts for a period of one hundred eighty (180) days from the effective date of this Consent Decree. The debarment shall be lifted at the conclusion of the one hundred eighty (180) day period, if BFI satisfies the Deputy Assistant Secretary that it is in compliance with Executive Order 11246. Further, the Consent Decree provides that during the debarment period, on BFI Facility will enter into any Government contracts and subcontracts that BFI's 260 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, Maryland Facility (Division #50), would have otherwise bid for and entered into during the debarment period.

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Dated: February 3, 2003, Washington, DC.

Charles E. James, Sr.,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Contract Compliance.

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Office of Administrative Law Judges; Consent Decree

This Consent Decree (hereinafter “Consent Decree” or “Decree”) is entered into between the Plaintiff, United States Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (hereinafter “OFCCP”), and Defendant BFI Waste Services, LLC (hereinafter “BFI” or “Defendant”), in resolution of the Administrative Complaint filed by OFCCP pursuant to Executive Order 11246 (30 FR 12319), as amended by Executive Order 11375 (32 FR 14303) and Executive Order 12086 (43 FR 46501) (“Executive Order”). The Administrative Complaint alleged that Defendant violated the terms of a Conciliation Agreement that was executed by Defendant and OFCCP and that became effective in March 2000.

Part A. General Provisions

1. The record on the basis of which this Consent Decree is entered shall consist of the Complaint and the Consent Decree and the attachments thereto.

2. Attachment A of the Consent Decree consists of the Conciliation Agreement between OFCCP and Defendant which became effective in March 2000.

3. This Consent Decree shall not become final until it has been signed by the Administrative Law Judge, and the effective date of the Decree shall be the date it is signed by the Administrative Law Judge.

4. This Consent Decree shall be binding upon Defendant and any and all purchasers, successors, assignees, and/or transferees, and shall have the same force and effect as an order made after a full hearing.

5. All further procedural steps to contest the binding effect of the Consent Decree, and any right to challenge or contest the obligations entered into in accordance with the agreement contained in this Decree, are waived by the parties, except as provided hereunder.

6. Subject to the performance by Defendant of all duties and obligations contained in this Consent Decree, all alleged violations identified in the Administrative Complaint shall be deemed fully resolved. However, nothing herein is intended to relieve Defendant from compliance with the requirements of Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment and Assistance Act, or their regulations, nor to limit OFCCP's right to review Defendant's compliance with such requirements.

7. Defendant agrees that there will be no retaliation of any kind against any beneficiary of this Consent Decree, or against any person who has provided information or assistance in connection with this Decree.

8. Defendant denies that it violated Executive Order 11246.

9. Defendant does not admit any violation of law or obligation. The parties agree that this Consent Decree is not, and may not be used, as an admission of any violation by Defendant, or as a basis for asserting Defendant's noncompliance with any labor and employment law, rules, or regulations, except for any action initiated pursuant to Paragraphs 27 to 30 of this Decree.

Part B. Jurisdiction and Procedural History

10. In its initial compliance review of Defendant in November 1999, OFCCP identified three violations of Executive Order 11246.

11. In March 2000, OFCCP and Defendant entered into a Conciliation Agreement to resolve the three violations.

12. Defendant was obligated to correct three alleged violations under the Conciliation Agreement, including: (1) Defendant's failure to provide accurate applicant flow data in support of its Affirmative Action Program; (2) Defendant's failure to offer equal employment opportunity to an applicant, Ms. Julie Ann Dunlap, for a position in the office and clerical job group; and (3) Defendant's failure to make good faith efforts to develop and execute an affirmative action plan to recruit women for the underutilized craftworker and laborer job groups.

13. The Conciliation Agreement obligated Defendant to provide two annual reports to enable OFCCP to monitor the company's compliance with the terms of the Conciliation Agreement. After Defendant submitted the first of the two reports, OFCCP determined that Defendant failed to comply with two provisions of the Conciliation Agreement. Specifically, OFCCP found that Defendant failed to (1) offer a customer service position to Ms. Julie Ann Dunlap with retroactive seniority and vesting status dating back to September 8, 1998, as well as a check for $32,708.98 in back pay and interest through December 31, 1999; and (2) provide the specified recruitment sources with timely notice of its employment opportunities in the craftworker and laborer job groups.

14. Defendant contends that it made good faith efforts to offer Ms. Julie Ann Dunlap employment, but that Ms. Dunlap never responded.

Part C. Specific Provisions

Job Offer to Ms. Julie Ann Dunlap

15. If Ms. Dunlap executes and returns the General Release and Covenant Not to Sue described in paragraph 16 below, Defendant will offer the next available full-time customer service position at its Baltimore, Maryland facility to Ms. Julie Ann Dunlap as set forth below. The terms of this job offer will include retroactive seniority and vesting status dating back to September 8, 1998, the date of Ms. Dunlap's original application. The job offer will be made in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested, and will describe the job title, rate of pay, job site, description of job benefits, start date, expected duration of the job, and will specify a time period of at least two weeks for Ms. Dunlap to respond to the employment offer. The written job offer will explicitly state that it includes retroactive seniority and vesting status dating back to September 8, 1998. If Ms. Dunlap's address is unknown, Defendant will make all reasonable efforts to obtain Ms. Dunlap's current address. When Ms. Dunlap's current address is obtained, BFI will offer her the next available full-time customer service position. If Ms. Dunlap does not respond or execute and return the General Release and Covenant Not to Sue described in paragraph 16 below to “BFI Waste Services, L.L.C., at 260 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, Attn: Bill Booth, General Manager”, within (14) days of receiving the offer, Defendant's hiring obligation hereunder shall cease. Defendant's hiring obligation will also cease if Ms. Dunlap fails the drug screen or the background check (consisting of a check of criminal records and references). Defendant affirms that these screens are administered to all applicants for customer service positions, and will be handled in a non-discriminatory manner and in accordance with policy and procedure. If Defendant determines that the results of Ms. Dunlap's drug screen or background check preclude her from employment, Defendant will provide information and documentation to OFCCP demonstrating that the failure to hire Ms. Dunlap is non-discriminatory and consistent with Defendant's policies and practices. Defendant will provide the name, job title, and business telephone number of each employee who made, or Start Printed Page 7398contributed to, the decision not to hire Ms. Dunlap. Defendant agrees that OFCCP may review compliance with this Paragraph, and will provide OFCCP within a reasonable time with all documents that are reasonable and are requested by OFCCP. Defendant also agrees that, upon reasonable advance notice, OFCCP may come onsite at the BFI 260 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, Maryland facility as is necessary to review compliance with this Paragraph.

Monetary Relief to Ms. Julie Ann Dunlap

16. Within 10 days of the date upon which it receives a fully executed copy of this Decree, Defendant will send Ms. Dunlap by certified mail, return receipt requested the letter contained in Attachment B, along with a W-4 form and a General Release and Covenant Not to Sue, and ask that she complete both and return them at the address specified in the letter to Defendant within 14 days of her receipt thereof (as determined by the date she signs the return receipt card). Within 10 days of receiving the completed W-4 form and executed General Release and Covenant Not to Sue, Defendant will submit by certified mail, return receipt requested two checks to Ms. Julie Ann Dunlap in the total amount of $44,838.91 minus legal payroll deductions. The parties agree that this payment represents back pay (the first check) and interest (the second check) due to Ms. Dunlap for the period of September 8, 1998, to December 31, 2002. For tax purposes, the parties agree that $35,289.58 of the total payment represents back pay and the remaining $9,549.33 represents interest.

17. If Ms. Dunlap's address is unknown as of 10 days from the date upon which Defendant receives a fully executed copy of this Decree, Defendant will deposit the check for Ms. Dunlap into an interest bearing escrow account at that time. Defendant and OFCCP, jointly, will make all reasonable efforts to obtain Ms. Dunlap's current address. Defendant will pay Ms. Dunlap the balance of the escrow account, including accrued interest, within 10 days of the date upon which Defendant receives a completed W-4 form and the executed General Release and Covenant Not to Sue. In the event Ms. Dunlap does not receive the letter from BFI, the money shall remain in the escrow account until the cessation of the term of this Consent Decree. At the cessation of the term of the Consent Decree, the escrow account shall revert to the Department of Labor, which will maintain the escrow account for Ms. Dunlap's benefit. If Ms. Dunlap is located thereafter, the Department of Labor will tender the money to Ms. Dunlap upon receipt of the executed General Release and Covenant Not to Sue, which it will forward to Defendant.

Recruitment Efforts

18. For a period of two years from the effective date of this Consent Decree, Defendant agrees to notify the recruitment and community agencies listed on page 11 of the Conciliation Agreement at least two weeks before interviewing is initiated for positions in the craftworker and laborer job groups. Defendant shall inform such recruitment sources of the minimum job qualifications required, wages, closing date for the vacancy, a job description, and the application procedures.

Reporting Requirements

19. Defendant agrees to provide reports to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Civil Rights, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-2464, Washington, DC 20210. Defendant will file a total of four reports according to the following schedule:

Report numberCovering periodDue to be sent
(after effective date of Consent Decree)
1Days 1-60Day 90.
2Days 61-120Day 150.
3Days 121-360Day 390.
4Days 361-720Day 750.

The reports will include documentation verifying the following information:

a. Defendant's job offer to Ms. Dunlap; or, if Ms. Dunlap is not hired due to the results of a drug screen and/or background check, Defendant will provide the information specified in Paragraph 15 of this Decree;

b. Defendant's deposit of monetary relief into an interest bearing escrow account, if Ms. Dunlap's address in unknown or she does not respond, send a W-4 form or execute the General Release and Covenant Not to Sue, including a statement of the balance of the account;

c. Defendant's payment of monetary relief to Ms. Dunlap when (and if) her current address is obtained, including the address to which the check was sent, the amount of the check, the date on which the check was mailed, and documentation verifying payment on the check; and

d. Defendant's good faith efforts to recruit and hire women in the craftworker and laborer job groups. Such documentation shall include, but shall not be limited to copies of letters sent to recruitment sources and an applicant log for positions in the craftworker and laborer job groups, specifying the name, gender, position applied for, job group number, date of application, referral source, and disposition of each applicant.

Debarment

20. The Office of Administrative Law Judges shall retain jurisdiction in this case for a period of two years from the effective date of this Consent Decree.

21. Defendant's 260 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, Maryland facility (Division #050) agrees not to bid for or enter into Government contracts or subcontracts for a period of one-hundred and eighty (180) days from the effective date of this Consent Decree. This debarment period shall be effective against the officers, agents, servants, employees, successors, divisions, subsidiaries, and persons in active concert or participation with Defendant's 260 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, Maryland facility (Division #050). During the debarment period, no BFI facility will enter into any Government contracts or subcontracts that BFI's 260 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, Maryland facility (Division #050) would have otherwise bid for and entered into during the debarment period.

22. Notice of the debarment of “BFI's 260 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, Maryland facility (Division #050)” shall be printed in the Federal Register. In addition, OFCCP shall notify the Comptroller General of the United States General Accounting Office and all Federal Contracting Officers that “BFI's 260 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, Start Printed Page 7399Maryland facility (Division #050)” is ineligible for the award of any Government contracts or subcontracts.

23. The debarment shall be lifted at the conclusion of the one-hundred and eighty (180) day period if Defendant satisfies the Director of OFCCP that it is in compliance with Executive Order 11246.

24. OFCCP shall review each of Defendant's reports and shall determine whether Defendant has complied with the terms of this Consent Decree and the terms of Executive Order 11246 and its implementing regulations. OFCCP shall notify Defendant in writing, within 30 days of receipt of the report, if there is a deficiency. Defendant shall have 30 days from its receipt of the deficiency notice to correct such deficiency.

25. If OFCCP finds that Defendant has complied with the terms of this Consent Decree and with the terms of Executive Order 11246, the debarment shall be lifted and Defendant shall be free to enter into future Government contracts and subcontracts. Beginning 30 days before the conclusion of the 180-day period, Defendant may request reinstatement pursuant to 41 CFR § 60-1.31. Reinstatement proceedings shall be in accordance with 41 CFR § 60-1.31. Notice of the reinstatement shall be printed in the Federal Register and shall be made to the Comptroller General of the General Accounting Office and all Federal Contracting Officers.

Part D. Implementation and Enforcement of the Decree

26. Jurisdiction, including the authority to issue any additional orders or decrees necessary to effectuate the implementation of the provisions of this Consent Decree, is retained by the Office of Administrative Law Judges for a period of two years from the date this Consent Decree becomes final. If any motion is pending before the Office of Administrative Law Judges two years from the date this Consent Decree becomes final, jurisdiction shall continue beyond two years and until such time as the pending motion is finally resolved.

27. If at any time during the two years OFCCP believes that Defendant has violated any portion of this Consent Decree, Defendant will be promptly notified of that fact in writing. This notification will include a statement of the facts and circumstances relied upon in forming that belief. In addition, the notification will provide Defendant with 15 days to respond in writing except where OFCCP alleges that such a delay would result in irreparable injury.

28. Enforcement proceedings for violation of this Consent Decree may be initiated at any time after the 15-day period referred to in Paragraph 24 has elapsed (or sooner, if irreparable injury is alleged) upon filing with the Court a motion for an order of enforcement and/or sanctions. The issues in a hearing on the motion shall relate solely to the issues of the factual and legal claims made in the motion.

29. Liability for violation of this Consent Decree shall subject Defendant to sanctions set forth in the Executive Order and its implementing regulations, as well as other appropriate relief, including contract cancellation.

30. If an application or motion for an order of enforcement or clarification indicates by signature of counsel that the application or motion is unopposed by the plaintiff or Defendant, as appropriate, the application or motion may be presented to the Court without hearing and the proposed Order may be implemented immediately. If an application or motion is opposed by any party, the party in opposition shall file a written response within twenty (20) days of service. The Office of Administrative Law Judges may, if it deems it appropriate, schedule an oral hearing on the application or motion.

31. The Consent Decree herein set forth is hereby approved and shall constitute the final Administrative Order in this case.

32. It is so ordered adjudged and decreed.

Agreed and Consented to:

On Behalf of BFI Waste Services, LLC:

Dated: December 19, 2002.

Jo Lynn White,

Officer, BFI Waste Services, LLC.

On Behalf of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs:

Eugene Scalia, Solicitor of Labor.

Gary M. Buff,

Associate Solicitor.

Richard L. Gilman,

Counsel for Litigation.

Dated: December 27, 2002

Sarah C. Crawford,

Attorney, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2464, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20210, (202) 693-5287.

Thomas M. Burke,

Administrative Law Judge.

Notice to Readers

Attachments A & B are available from the U.S. Department of Labor's Wirtz Labor Library, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N2439, Washington, DC 20210. It is open to the public from 8:15 am to 4:45 pm. For further information call (202) 693-6613.

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