Recent Rulings Back OFCCP's Deep-Digging Audits

By Dietrich Knauth (September 6, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT) -- Recent court cases have rubber-stamped more aggressive data requests made by the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs during audits of contractors' affirmative-action programs, making it more difficult for companies to fight requests that they feel are unduly burdensome or irrelevant, experts say.

Contractors were handed losses in United Space Alliance LLC v. Solis — decided in Washington federal court in November — and in an OFCCP Administrative Review Board decision involving Frito-Lay Inc. in May. In both cases, contractors had resisted OFCCP data requests during audits of their compliance with affirmative action and nondiscrimination rules, and both the D.C. federal...

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