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Employment Standards Administration

ESA Press Release: R.R. Donnelley Agrees to $425,000 Settlement to Resolve Wage Disparities Within its Professional and Management Staff [09/30/1998]

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The publishing firm R.R. Donnelley & Sons of Chicago will pay back wages to 29 women and minority professionals and managers as part of a $425,000 settlement signed today with the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

"This settlement is another clear instance of our commitment to see that compensation for women and minorities who work for federal contractors, particularly those at the highest levels, is fair and equitable," said Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman. "We will continue to take fair and firm enforcement action to ensure full compliance with the law."

To resolve pay discrepancies among its professional and management staff that were uncovered during a recent corporate management review, R.R. Donnelley will pay $252,832 in back pay and salary adjustments to the 29 women and minorities. To ensure equitable pay systems and prevent future discrimination, R.R. Donnelley has also agreed to analyze its compensation systems in 1998 and 1999 at a cost of $57,418.

In addition, the company will invest $114,750 in a more effective internal auditing system at its Chicago headquarters and will incorporate financial incentives as a measurement of its managers' contributions to affirmative action goals.

"We were very pleased with the prompt and positive response from company officials to our preliminary findings in this case," said Shirley J. Wilcher, deputy assistant secretary and head of OFCCP. "We believe that the causes of both affirmative action and non-discrimination are well served by this settlement."

Donnelley is one of the nation's largest publishing firms and employs 41,000 worldwide at 180 locations. It has more than $3 million in contracts with the General Services Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Interior. OFCCP is the agency within the Labor Department that enforces affirmative action requirements of companies that have contracts with the federal government.

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Employment Standards Administration
September 30, 1998
Media Contact: David Roberts
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