During Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs celebrates the rich cultures, history, and accomplishments of individuals of Hispanic ancestry. At OFCCP, we are passionate about building workplaces that ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to contribute to the success of our economy and our nation. That is why eliminating workplace discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin is a central part of the OFCCP mission.
In his Presidential Proclamation marking Hispanic Heritage Month, President Biden stated, “[W]e also recognize that America cannot succeed unless Hispanic families and communities succeed, sharing equally in the benefits of our recovery and our investments.”
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated economic insecurity and existing barriers for many Hispanic communities. Hispanic workers participate in the labor force at a higher rate than any other demographic group, but median weekly earnings ($779) for Hispanic individuals working in full-time jobs have been lower than those of White workers ($1,012).The unemployment rate for Hispanic workers has improved significantly from one year ago, but remains higher than the national unemployment rate.
As our nation begins to build back better, we have a critical opportunity to identify barriers and strengthen recruiting, hiring, pay setting and promotional practices to ensure all workers from every zip code in America can access good jobs with equitable pay. OFCCP is committed to strengthening its enforcement program so that no person is disadvantaged in employment because of their race, ethnicity or national origin.