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Fed. Contractor Out $2.9M in Wage Settlement

A major federal contractor has moved to put pay discrimination allegations behind it.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today it has reached a settlement with Dell EMC that requires the company to pay more than $2.9 million in back wages to remedy alleged pay discrimination violations at four Dell EMC locations in California and North Carolina. Headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Dell EMC is a federal contractor providing computing, networking, and data storage solutions.

The settlement follows routine compliance evaluations by the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that found, beginning in 2014, Dell EMC systemically discriminated against females in engineering, marketing, and sales roles at its Pleasanton, California, facility and females in engineering and manufacturing roles at its Santa Clara, California, facility. OFCCP investigators found that the company paid women and African Americans in engineering roles at its Durham, North Carolina, facility less than white males. Investigators also found that the company paid African American females in manufacturing roles in Apex, North Carolina, less than white males.

“The Department of Labor appreciates Dell EMC’s cooperation to resolve these issues,” said OFCCP National Director Ondray Harris. “Together, we will ensure that the company complies with equal employment opportunity laws in its compensation practices.”

In its conciliation agreement with OFCCP, Dell EMC denies liability but will pay more than $2.9 million in back pay and interest to the affected class members. The company will also make pay adjustments, and take steps to ensure its pay practices meet legal requirements.

In addition to Executive Order 11246, OFCCP enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. These laws, as amended, make it illegal for contractors and subcontractors doing business with the federal government to discriminate in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. In addition, contractors and subcontractors are prohibited from discriminating against applicants or employees because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their compensation or the compensation of others subject to certain limitations. For more information, please call OFCCP’s toll-free helpline at 800-397-6251 or visit

Female Soccer Players Say They’re Victims of Wage Discrimination, File Charge With EEOC

It’s a complaint often-heard but not often-acted upon in U.S. sports: That female athletes are paid less in tournament earnings than their male counterparts. Tennis and golf are the usual culprits mentioned.

Now some players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team–winner of last year’s World Cup–have decided to tackle the issue head on.  Last night they filed a wage discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the complaint, men earn as much as $17,625 for an exhibition match against a top opponent, and get no less than $5,000 even if the team loses.

Contrast that with women.  They are paid a maximum of $4,950 even if they win every game. And they’re only paid for the first 20 exhibition games they play each year. They get no pay for any games beyond that. Men get paid at least $5,000 no matter how many exhibition games they play.

And the men’s team earned $9 million in the 2014 World Cup for losing in the round of 16, while the women made $2 million when they won the 2015 championship.

To be continued…


Woman Collects $45K in Wage Discrimination Settlement Against Logistics Provider Company

On the campaign trail–particularly on the Democratic Party side–equal pay for equal work is a daily mantra.

But in the real world of slow-moving governance, achieving equal pay is happening case by case.

The latest case is one the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed against NFI RoadRail, LLC and NFI Industries, Inc., New Jersey-based businesses that provide logistics, transportation and warehouse services to manufacturers and retailers. According to the EEOC,  NFI paid a female director of intermodal operations in its Irving, Texas location less than three male directors. When her male counterparts were fired, she was put back into the job but paid a lower annual salary. The woman learned she was being paid less when she came across a pay stub of the male who had vacated the job she was moving into.

The underpaid female director will receive $45,000 in a settlement of this Title VII and Equal Pay Act lawsuit, the EEOC announced today.

Here’s the announcement with more background on the lawsuit and the terms of the settlement.

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.