Four National Oil and Gas Pipeline Companies Reach $1.75M Settlement with EEOC for Discrimination and Harassment

Four national oil and gas pipeline companies will pay $1,750,000 and provide additional relief to 16 discrimination victims to resolve a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for systematic race, national origin and sexual harassment as well as retaliation in the workplace. The EEOC suit alleged that Plains Pipeline, L.P., Plains…
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PAY DISPARITY Part I: Gender Pay Gap – The Simple Truth

36 years ago, as a new single female attorney working for a large corporation, I learned that I was being paid 10% less than my male counterpart, “because he had a family to support”. My married female colleague was being paid 15% less than our male counterpart “because she lived in a 2-income household and…
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First OFCCP Monetary Conciliation of FY 2022: $1.175 Million in Backpay

Are you overlooking the hidden costs of compliance missteps in your government contracts?   As the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP) first monetary conciliation agreement of Fiscal Year 2022 illustrates, federal contractors can pay a hefty price for failing to meet their equal hiring and compensation obligations.   Here’s what you need to…
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OFCCP Settlements Zero In on Equal Pay and Hiring

A spate of recent conciliation agreements released by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) shows that the agency is making good on its promise to enforce equal pay and hiring rules. Equal pay has been a stated focus of the agency even before the Biden administration, which has promised to keep equal pay…
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What the Olympics Teach Us About Diversity, Inclusion and Bias

“Unity in Diversity”—one of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games’ three core themes. The unifying power of the Games, bringing athletes from around the world together to example the virtues of peace, solidarity, and excellence is indescribable. Still, Tokyo’s proclamation of “Unity in Diversity” falls flat in light of the many disparities that still plague participants…
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