— Bulletin staff and wire reports

Contractor to pay back wages

A New Jersey company called Conduent Commercial Solutions will pay $175,000 in back wages to settle claims that it discriminated against women, African Americans and Asians who applied for customer service jobs at a site near Portland.

Conduent serves federal agencies including the General Services Administration.

The U.S. Department of Labor said the accusations date to a “routine compliance evaluation” in 2012, designed to ensure that federal contractors like Conduent are not discriminating. The department alleged that Conduent discriminated against 1,121 applicants.

The settlement requires Conduent to offer jobs to 138 applicants and to comply with nondiscrimination laws and regulations in the future.

Conduent did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the settlement.

Trump takes credit for plant

President Donald Trump sought to take credit Tuesday for the construction of a major facility in western Pennsylvania as he tries to reinvigorate supporters in the rust belt towns that sent him to the White House in 2016.

Trump visited Shell’s soon-to-be completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, which will turn the area’s vast natural gas deposits into plastics. The facility is being built in an area hungry for investment.

Speaking to a crowd of thousands of workers, Trump said “This would have never happened without me and us.” In fact, Shell announced its plans to build the complex in 2012, when President Barack Obama was in office.

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