LexisNexis Risk Solutions will pay $1.2M to resolve pay bias allegations
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve allegations of pay bias by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The settlement resolves allegations that the company paid 211 female managers in Boca Raton, Florida, and Alpharetta, Georgia, substantially less than their male counterparts, report Bloomberg News and the Sun Sentinel. A Labor Department press release is here.
According to the Labor Department, the pay differences persisted even after taking into account legitimate factors that affect pay level. Because LexisNexis provided its data analytics services to the federal government, the pay disparity violated an executive order barring pay discrimination on the basis of sex, the press release said.
The U.S. Justice Department is among the agencies that had contracts with LexisNexis Risk Solutions.
LexisNexis did not admit liability. The company said in a statement that it settled to avoid the time and expense of extended proceedings.
The full statement reads: “LexisNexis Risk Solutions is committed to ensuring all employees are treated fairly and afforded equal employment opportunities. The findings [by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs] were not based on any individual complaints; rather they were derived from statistical analysis conducted by the agency. The company disagrees with the OFCCP’s findings and does not believe it violated any federal laws. After three and a half years of cooperation during the agency’s review, we ultimately agreed to the settlement to avoid committing additional time and resources for continued legal proceedings.”
Updated at 3:10 p.m. to include full statement by LexisNexis Risk Solutions.