The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Compliance Programs conducted a routine compliance check, and it will cost a federal contractor $1 million.
The office evaluated the Worley Group. Worley’s parent company is a federal defense contractor. The office determined that the company illegally discriminated against 42 female, Black and Hispanic employees with respect to pay. It said the discrimination went all the way back to 2016.
The company’s parent had a federal contract valued at $2.1 million. It denied that it engaged in any illegal behavior.
Nevertheless, it agreed to resolve the allegations against it by paying $500,000 in back wages and interest to the alleged victims.
The company further agreed to allocate another $500,000 to be used to make salary adjustments.
It will also provide training regarding compensation to its managers and human resources employees.