JACKSONVILLE PLUMBING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM FAILS TO HIRE BLACKS, EEOC CHARGES IN LAWSUIT

Program Intentionally Discriminated Against Blacks in Its Hiring Process, Federal Agency Charges

     MIAMI – Jacksonville Plumbers and Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (JPP), which sponsors an apprenticeship program that seeks to produce journeypersons to work in the plumbing and pipefitting industries in Northeast Florida, engaged in a pattern or practice of race discrimination by failing to hire black apprentices, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. Additionally, JPP’s use of arbitrarily scored interview criteria to hire apprentices has a disparate