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KPMG settles US hiring discrimination case

KPMG in the US has agreed to pay out $420,000 in back pay, interest and benefits to failed Asian applicants for audit jobs, to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination.

August 2017

The agreement follows an investigation by the US Labor Department, which found that from October 2011 to March 2013 the audit firm discriminated against 60 Asian applications for positions at KPMG’s Short Hills office. The agency claims KPMG violated an executive order, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race, colour or national origin.
In addition to back pay, the firm has promised to provide six positions to the affected applicants as they become available. KPMG must also take steps to ensure its personnel practices, including its record-keeping and internal auditing procedures, meet legal requirements.
• Despite making the concessions KPMG does not acknowledge any liability in this case.

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