BP Exploration and Production Inc. and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Thursday that they have entered into a voluntary resolution of an EEOC investigation of allegations that the companies participated in discriminatory practices in hiring women as temporary laborers during the 2010 response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Under the agreement, BP and its contractors will pay up to $5.4 million to a yet-to-be determined class of women who had applied for jobs.
View full sizeDavid Grunfeld, The Times-PicayuneGulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup workers line up along Louisiana 1 in Grand Isle as the motorcade of President Barack Obama passes on May 28, 2010.
BP Gulf Coast Restoration Organization President Mike Utsler said the company is committed to nondiscriminatory hiring “even in the most extreme and time-sensitive situations.”
In reaching the agreement, the EEOC had not determined that BP violated anti-discrimination laws, and the company denied it engaged in any wrongdoing.