WASHINGTON—The Labor Department under the Trump administration closed inquiries into Microsoft Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. after the companies responded to questions about their plans to hire more Black employees, according to an agency spokesman.

The companies in September received letters from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, a division of the Labor Department, asking them to prove that their diversity hiring plans complied with antidiscrimination laws.

“Microsoft and Wells Fargo responded to the inquiries with in-depth descriptions, materials, and data. OFCCP was satisfied with the response, and the inquiries are closed,” a Labor Department spokesman said.

The agency closed the inquiries into Wells Fargo and Microsoft in October and December, respectively, according to the spokesman.

The OFCCP has authority to launch enforcement actions against federal contractors alleged to be in violation of antidiscrimination laws. Earlier in 2020, in matters of hiring separate from the September letters, Wells Fargo and Microsoft each agreed to multimillion-dollar settlements with the office. Neither company admitted wrongdoing in the agreements.



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