KPMG Settles Hiring Discrimination Suit

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jun 14, 2017

Big Four firm KPMG has settled a suit with the U.S. Department of Labor over claims that it discriminated against 60 Asian candidates applying for associate auditor jobs at its Short Hills, N.J., office, according to Accounting Today. The department accused the firm of violating an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race, color or national origin. KPMG's federal government clients include the Energy Department, Housing and Urban Development, NASA and even the IRS, according to Accounting Today. While the firm denied any wrongdoing, and indeed pointed out that it has been recognized as one of the top employers for Asian Pacific Americans, it agreed to pay $420,000 in back pay to the plaintiffs as well as make job opportunities available to six of the plaintiffs as the positions open up. It will also make sure its personnel practices, such as record-keeping and internal audit procedures, meet legal requirements. 

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