LexisNexis Risk Solutions has agreed to pay 211 women $1.2 million in back wages to resolve U.S. Department of Labor allegations the company violated an executive order barring federal contractors from underpaying workers because of their sex, the agency announced recently.
The settlement comes after two investigations by the DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program found that LexisNexis paid 185 female workers in Georgia and 26 female workers in Florida less than their male counterparts in violation of Executive Order 11246. LexisNexis does not admit liability, however.
"It is unlawful for federal contractors to discriminate in pay on the basis of sex," acting OFCCP Director Thomas M. Dowd said in a statement. "Through this settlement, the affected class members will be compensated for their losses."
According to the OFCCP, LexisNexis had paid female operational leadership workers at its Boca Raton, Florida, office "substantially less" than it did male workers with the same title as of December 2012. Further OFCCP investigation revealed that LexisNexis also paid female operational leadership workers at its Alpharetta, Georgia, office less than it did male workers, the OFCCP said. There was a "significant difference" between the rates female and male workers were paid even after accounting for legitimate factors affecting compensation levels, the office said.
In addition to the $1.2 million payment, LexisNexis has agreed to monitor its pay practices for adverse effects on women, pay $45,000 in salary adjustments to women at its Boca Raton facility and review how it pays workers each year while the conciliation agreement is active. The DOL did not say how long a period the agreement covers.
"We are pleased that the contractor worked cooperatively with us and has agreed to review and revise pay policies and procedures as necessary," Dowd has said.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions provides risk analysis for government agencies and companies in the finance, insurance and nonprofit sectors, among others.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions disagrees with the agency's findings, yet, has committed to assisting with further review and compliance efforts, noting that he OFCCP's findings were not based on any individual complaints, but the product of statistical analysis conducted by the agency.
The OFCCP enforces federal laws barring government contractor and subcontractor discrimination against protected groups under Executive Order 11246, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.
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