Imagine walking into a room, seeking an opportunity but being silently ranked based on your ethnicity before you even speak. This is the heart of the allegations against Nielsen, a renowned data analytics and market research behemoth. The firm, accused of favoring Hispanic applicants over their Asian, white, and Black counterparts, now finds itself tangled in a legal quagmire.
The Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) illuminated Nielsen’s alleged indiscretions, revealing that the company could owe a staggering $570,000 to almost 1,000 affected applicants. But the repercussions don’t end with just back pay; the company must also extend job offers to 56 of those previously sidelined, painting a scene reminiscent of a runner tripped up right before the finish line, now given a second chance to race.
Nielsen’s operations extend like vast spiderwebs, touching several federal agencies including notable ones like the U.S. Agriculture Department and the Federal Communications Commission. The crux of the issue lies between January 2016 to March 2020, where Nielsen’s hiring policies allegedly showed an evident bias at their facilities in Dallas and San Antonio.
The Order & The Denial
Executive Order 11246 stands tall, a sentinel guarding against discrimination in the hiring practices of federal contractors. Nielsen’s actions allegedly run afoul of this directive. While the company vehemently denies any wrongdoing, the air vibrates with tension. Like a ship course-correcting after drifting, Nielsen now faces the task of overhauling its hiring procedures, ensuring they align with the directive.