Female Engineers Awarded $2.3M in Wage Discrimination Settlement

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Esri, a digital mapping and analytics company, has entered into a conciliation agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor.

As part of the agreement, the Redlands, CA-based company resolved preliminary findings of a federal compliance evaluation that allege the company paid 176 female employees less than their male counterparts in 2017.

According to the DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, Esri systematically discriminated against 143 female software development engineers and 33 female quality assurance engineers at its Redlands headquarters, allegedly.

Esri entered into an Early Resolution Agreement voluntarily to resolve the allegations, and agreed to pay $2.3 million in back wages and interest to the affected employees. The company will also review and revise its overall compensation system, provide enhanced training to its managers to ensure future compliance, and conduct annual compensation analyses.

Executive Order 11246 prohibits federal contractors and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment decisions based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

OFCCP launched the Class Member Locator to identify applicants or workers who may be entitled to monetary relief and/or consideration for job placement as a result of OFCCP’s compliance evaluations and complaint investigations.

If you think you may be eligible for back pay from this settlement, or may know someone who is, please visit the OFCCP Class Member Locator to learn more about this and other settlements.

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