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Halliburton Energy Services Inc. will pay $280,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit charging it with breaching a mediation settlement agreement.
Houston-based Halliburton, an oil and gas exploration services company, had entered into a mediation settlement agreement with the EEOC and a rejected job applicant in February 2014 to resolve a disability discrimination charge brought by the EEOC against the firm, said the EEOC, in its statement Wednesday.
The EEOC said Haliburton had promised to rehire the applicant into a position subject to a successful employment screening, but did not do so despite the applicant’s successfully passing the screening. The EEOC filed suit against the company over the issue in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Mississippi.
District Director Bradley Anderson, of the EEOC's Birmingham district office, said in a statement, “An employer's refusal to comply with the terms of a mediation settlement agreement is a rare occurrence.
“After reasonable efforts to obtain voluntary compliance, the EEOC had no choice but to seek court intervention to enforce the agreement. We believe this suit and its resolution will remind employers that settlement agreements with the EEOC must be honored.”
The company declined to comment. The litigation’s consent decree states Halliburton denies it “in any way” breached the settlement agreement but “the parties have advised this Court that they desire to resolve the allegations in the complaint without the burden, expense and delay of further litigation.”
(Reuters) — Halliburton Co. said it reached a $1.1 billion settlement for a majority of claims against the company for its role in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.