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Intel Settles Discrimination Allegations With $5 Million Settlement

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced yesterday that it reached a $5 million settlement with Intel to "resolve allegations of systemic pay discrimination against female, African American and Hispanic American employees" at several facilities.

Intel's employees in Arizona, California and Oregon will receive $3.5 million in back pay and interest as part of the settlement. The company also agreed to allocate "at least" $1.5 million  in "pay-equity adjustments for the next five years for U.S. employees in engineering positions as part of its annual pay equity analysis."

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs regional director Jane Suhr said in the announcement that "Intel Corp. is one of the first technology companies to take multiple proactive steps to ensure pay equity." (Although, it's only proactive in the sense that Intel settled--being truly proactive would've avoided this issue altogether.)

The Labor Department didn't offer any other details about the allegations. It's not clear how many employees complained, how many other employees might be affected or how large the gap in wages was.

Intel employees are supposed to be able to use the OFCCP Class Member Locator to submit a claim for back pay as part of this settlement, according to the Labor Department's announcement, but the case isn't listed at time of writing. The office does offer a toll-free helpline, 1-800-397-6251.

  • jimmysmitty
    Ahhhh yes. Pay Equity. Based on having the same job they should be paid the same. Forget independent factors such as hours worked, quality of work or anything that might be able to explain why someone who may earn more than you. Its absolutely based entirely on gender and race. Nothing more.

    I think its becoming more equality of outcome and less equal opportunity. People think having a degree like the guy next to them means they should be paid the same much like people think just getting certifications makes them knowledgeable. Neither are true.
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  • Mandark
    google got sued for it too, they did a study and found that women actually were making more... lol, this is bollocks
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  • chill1221
    jimmysmitty said:
    Ahhhh yes. Pay Equity. Based on having the same job they should be paid the same. Forget independent factors such as hours worked, quality of work or anything that might be able to explain why someone who may earn more than you. Its absolutely based entirely on gender and race. Nothing more.

    I think its becoming more equality of outcome and less equal opportunity. People think having a degree like the guy next to them means they should be paid the same much like people think just getting certifications makes them knowledgeable. Neither are true.

    Agree 100% you aren't owed good salaries, you need to earn them. Top performers should be rewarded.
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