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Compensation Discrimination

Equal pay is a critical issue for workers and their families, and a cornerstone of OFCCP’s equal employment enforcement activities. In 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) rescinded restrictions on investigating pay discrimination and announced new guidance for employers and other interested stakeholders. This action is intended to protect workers and strengthen OFCCP’s ability to identify and remedy different forms of pay discrimination. Specifically, OFCCP has:

  • Rescinded two enforcement guidance documents on pay discrimination from 2006 known as the "Compensation Standards" and "Voluntary Guidelines" because they limited OFCCP’s ability to conduct full investigations and use every enforcement tool at its disposal to combat pay discrimination.
  • Aligned OFCCP’s analysis of pay discrimination with the principles used to enforce the main federal law against employment discrimination – Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – just like in all other areas where OFCCP reviews contractor compliance under Executive Order 11246 (such as hiring, promotion or termination), and just as other federal agencies do.
  • Improved and clarified OFCCP’s compensation investigation program, by providing the procedures, analysis, and protocols OFCCP will utilize when conducting compensation discrimination investigations going forward.

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