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Yale University Agrees to Pay $87,500 to Settle Pay Discrimination Allegations with U.S. Department of Labor

HARTFORD, CT – Yale University, a private university, will pay $87,500 to resolve alleged pay discrimination at the university’s New Haven, Connecticut, campus.

During a routine compliance review, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found that in 2016 Yale University paid four female cardiologists less than similarly situated male employees at Yale’s School of Medicine’s Cardiovascular Medicine Section. While not admitting to OFCCP’s allegations, Yale University agrees to pay $87,500 to the affected female employees.

“We acknowledge Yale University for its proactive efforts to conciliate, for improving its pay practices for female cardiologists and for ensuring equal employment opportunity,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Northeast Regional Director Diana Sen in New York.

“Yale University’s quick response will provide relief at the earliest opportunity, before a Pre-Determination Notice,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Craig Leen. “Its agreement to monitoring compensation practices will help ensure that pay disparities do not occur at this university.”

In addition to Executive Order 11246, OFCCP enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. These laws, as amended, make it illegal for contractors and subcontractors doing business with the federal government to discriminate in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. In addition, contractors and subcontractors are prohibited from discriminating against applicants or employees because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their compensation or the compensation of others subject to certain limitations, and may not retaliate against applicants or employees for engaging in protected activities. These laws also require that federal contractors provide equal employment opportunity through affirmative action. For more information, please call OFCCP’s toll-free helpline at 800-397-6251 or visit

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs v. Yale University

Case Number: R00203462

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
October 2, 2020
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Media Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Media Contact: James C. Lally
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