AstraZeneca to Pay $250K in Gender Discrimination Pay Lawsuit Settlement
June 13, 2011
According to a recent press release in the Wall Street Journal that our Riverside labor and employment attorneys have been following, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical drug companies, AstraZeneca will reportedly pay 124 female employees $250,000, after the women experienced gender-based pay discrimination while working in the company's business center in Pennsylvania.
This action reportedly settles the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) lawsuit accusing the drug company of engaging in gender discrimination by paying female sales specialists salary compensation that was around $1,700 less than male employees with the same job title and responsibilities.
AstraZeneca reportedly holds a contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs valued at over $2 billion to provide pharmaceutical products to medical centers and hospitals around the country. In 2002 the DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) performed a scheduled compliance review of AstraZeneca's business center and found that the drug company failed to meet its federal contractor obligations--to make sure that employees were paid fairly without race, color, sex, religion and national origin discrimination.
The Director of the (OFCCP) Patricia A. Shiu, stated that this case proves that 48 years after the Equal Pay Act was signed by President Kennedy, women are still struggling for fair pay. Shiu stated that she is glad AstraZeneca agreed to pay its employees what they earned, and that the OFCCP looks forward to continuing the work with AstraZeneca to ensure that this kind of gender-based pay discrimination does not happen again in the future.
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Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca agrees to pay $250,000 to settle sex discrimination lawsuit brought by US Labor Department, The Wall Street Journal/U.S. Department of Labor, June 6, 2011
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