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Akal Security, Inc.
Akal Security provides security officers and other specialized security personnel to federal, state and local governments and private industry. The company's 14,000 employees protect many of America’s most critical national security and civilian facilities, including federal court houses, military bases, major government buildings and infrastructure. Akal is privately owned by a nonprofit Sikh organization.
Federal Contract $: $ 368.4m
Total Number of Instances: 3
Total Misconduct dollar amount: $ 18.3m
Instances of Misconduct
Rebecca Keidel worked for Akal Security as a guard at Fort Riley, a U.S. Army base in Kansas. She sued Akal, claiming the company unfairly denied her a promotion and retaliated against her because of her gender. She asked for damages in excess of $75,000. The parties settled in July 2007.... more»
Akal Security agreed to pay $269,954 in back wages to 469 employees working at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The investigation, covering the period July 2004 to July 2006, revealed that Akal failed to compensate guards for the time required to pick up their weapons and report to assigned duty posts and that overtime hours were not calculated correctly.... more»
Akal Security settled a civil investigation regarding Akal’s noncompliance with provisions of U.S. Army armed guard contracts in 2003 and early 2004. The company agreed to pay the government $18 million to resolve its potential liability under the False Claims Act. During the last three months of 2003, Akal recruited, screened, hired and trained 1,800 guards for eight U.S. Army posts. The company was unable to meet all of the training requirements under the contracts, and in some cases failed to maintain proper training records. A number guards who were assigned to work did not receive some of the contractually mandated training.... more»