Employer Cannot Steer Women to Lower Paying Jobs

A recent settlement announced by the Department of Labor is a reminder that employers cannot assign employees to different jobs with different pay rates on the basis of gender.  The employer, a federal contractor, was found to have a practice of assigning female employees to “light duty” jobs that paid less than the “heavy duty” jobs that men with similar qualifications were given.   Interestingly, the employer’s practice was discovered during a compliance evaluation undertaken by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which is responsible for enforcing the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 which bar companies who do business with the federal government, either as contractors or subcontractors, from discriminating in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20131725.htm

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