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New York/Canadian-Media: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), part of the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates Asian American, Native Hawaiian /Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month highlighting the contributions made by AANHPIs to our nation’s culture and history with recommitment to advancing equity for all AANHPI workers.
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In his Presidential Proclamation marking AANHPI Heritage Month, United States (U.S.) President Joe Biden stated AANHPI communities are deeply rooted in the history of the United States with contributions from laying railroad tracks, tilling fields, and starting businesses, to caring for our loved ones and honorably serving our Nation in uniform.
In spite of the strength shown and successes achieved, Biden said that AANHPI communities face systemic barriers to economic justice, health equity, educational attainment, and personal safety challenged by failing to reflect the diversity of AANHPI communities and the particular barriers that Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, and South Asian communities in the United States continue to face.
AANHPI communities have experienced in the past year, increased incidents of hate crimes, bias and racial scapegoating. Anti-Asian racism is not new. Throughout history hate crimes against South Asians, AANHPI communities have experienced discrimination and inequity, often stemming from xenophobia from the Chinese Exclusion Act to the Japanese internment camps to post-9/11.
AANHPI communities are incredibly diverse in terms of socioeconomic status as well as national origin, language and religious affiliation. While some Asian American subgroups have high levels of education and income, more than 2 million AANHPIs live in poverty.
This economic insecurity for many AANHPI communities has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. AANHPI women are overrepresented in service industries such as restaurants, hotels, and retail industries that have seen significant job losses during the pandemic. Even before the pandemic, AANHPI workers, including AANHPI women, faced job segregation, unequal pay and systemic barriers in hiring and promotions. A 2015 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report found that in the technology sector, high percentage of Asian American workers hired, Asian Americans are underrepresented in upper management and Asians Americans with advanced degrees actually earn 5% less compared with whites.
With a longstanding mission to protect workers, OFCCP enforces the contractual promise of equal opportunity and affirmative action by federal contractors and subcontractors and has been able to recover more than $7,599,821 million for over 3,367 AANHPI workers experiencing workplace discrimination since 2019.
With its commitment to better understanding and addressing the barriers facing AANHPI workers in the American workplace, OFCCP has ensured federal contractors and subcontractors advance equality and opportunity for all over the past half-century.