OFCCP: Underpaid Female Housekeepers to Receive $190K to Settle Wage Bias Charges

Federal contractors, take note! The U.S. Department of Labor won’t tolerate even what may seem like a miniscule difference in pay for men and performing the same jobs on federal projects.

That’s the message from a settlement that DOL reached earlier this month with the Lahey Clinic in Boston.   DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced that Lahey Clinic Hospital, Inc. will pay $190,000 to resolve allegations of systemic pay discrimination at its medical center in Burlington, Massachusetts. The OFCCP said that its compliance review found that Lahey Clinic discriminated against 38 female housekeepers by paying the women 70 cents less per hour than their male counterparts.

“While 70 cents might not seem like much, over the course of a year it adds up to a $1,500 disparity,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu, a member of President Obama’s National Equal Pay Task Force. “Workers don’t often know how their pay compares with that of their colleagues, and discrimination like this is often hidden. That’s why OFCCP’s ability to audit and review contractors’ pay practices is critical to closing the pay gap once and for all.”

Since 2012, the clinic–which has has more than 5,300 employees and serves almost 3,000 patients daily–has received $815,000 in federal contracts from the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the DOL said.

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