PLANO, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and DXC Technology Co. (DXC) – formerly known as Hewlett-Packard Co. – have entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination against female employees.
An OFCCP compliance evaluation found that on Nov. 1, 2012, DXC paid female employees less than comparable male employees with positions in finance, including opportunity consultants, pre-sale consultants and service segment management. OFCCP determined the contractor’s actions violated Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from employment discrimination based on race, color or national origin.
“The Department of Labor and DXC will ensure the company will take measures to comply with compensation practices and equal employment opportunity laws,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Southwest and Rocky Mountain Director Melissa Speer, in Dallas, Texas.
DXC Technology has agreed to pay $650,000 in back pay and interest to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination affecting female employees. In addition, the employer will conduct annual self-analysis of pay and revise its compensation policies and procedures to establish monitoring and oversight mechanisms to ensure that all aspects of its compensation systems provide equal opportunity to all of its employees as required by law.
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, and may not retaliate against applicants or employees for engaging in protected activities. These laws also require that federal contractors provide equal employment opportunity through affirmative action. For more information, please call OFCCP’s toll-free helpline at 800-397-6251 or visit https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/.
If you think you may be one of the workers eligible for back pay or job opportunities from this settlement, or may know someone who is, please visit the OFCCP Class Member Locator at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/cml, where you can also find information about other OFCCP settlements.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.