The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has filed a lawsuit against Analogic Corporation, a Massachusetts technology manufacturer, alleging the company engaged in wage discrimination against female employees in assembly positions at the company’s headquarters. A compliance evaluation conducted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found the technology company’s compensation practices were discriminatory towards female employees and in violation of Executive Order 11246.Lawsuit Findings & Allegations:
- OFCCP found that Analogic Corporation’s pay practices resulted in systemic wage discrimination against female workers in Assembler 2 and Assembler 3 positions.
- Analogic paid female employees less in Assembler positions than male employees in the same Assembler positions.
- The pay disparity continued after adjusting for differences in wage determining criteria.
The Lawsuit seeks to:
- Eliminate pay disparities between women and men in the Assembler 2 and Assembler 3 positions at Analogic Corporation.
- Compensate the affected female class workers by providing front pay; back pay with interest, seniority, fringe benefits, salary adjustments, and any additional benefits.
- Require Analogic to provide training for all employees involved in the company’s compensation process.
- Require Analogic to annually conduct an in-depth analysis of its employment procedures to determine where and if adverse impact exists.
- Have Analogic develop an internal reporting and auditing process designed to measure the results and effectiveness of its affirmative action program.
TakeawayAnalogic is a federal contractor that manufactures threat detection technologies and diagnostic imaging for large government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and Defense Health Agency, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and National Institutes of Health. If this lawsuit ends in a favorable ruling with the DOL and Analogic violates the terms, the DOL is requesting the court to debar Analogic and cancel all of the company’s federal contracts.In the press release from the OFCCP, Director Patricia Shiu offered her words of warning to federal contractors, “Federal contractors must ensure taxpayer money never funds employment discrimination. Analogic’s failure is unacceptable, and our action today should serve to remind other federal contractors that we will aggressively pursue compensation discrimination cases.” This lawsuit and quote from Director Shiu show the enforcement of the OFCCP is continually increasing. Thus, federal contractors should take the requirements the lawsuit seeks to enforce and use it as advice by performing an annual in-depth analysis of employment procedures, develop an internal reporting and auditing system and require affirmative action training for managers.If you need assistance conducting an analysis of your employment processes or reviewing your affirmative action programs, please contact Career Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.