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Federal Contractor Will Pay Back Wages to Settle Pay Discrimination Charges
The Department of Labor has entered a settlement with Dell EMC, a company that provides computing, networking and data storage solutions to customers, including the federal government. The settlement agreement resolves alleged pay discrimination violations arising at four company locations in California and North Carolina.
After routine compliance evaluations, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs concluded that beginning in 2014, the company 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 also determined that Dell EMC paid women and African Americans in engineering roles at its Durham, North Carolina, facility less than white males. The company also paid African-American females in manufacturing roles in Apex, North Carolina, less than white males.
Under the parties’ conciliation agreement, Dell EMC denied liability but agreed to 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.