Humana Inc. will pay $2.5 million in back wages and interest under a conciliation agreement with the Department of Labor to resolve allegations of pay discrimination against 753 women at the health insurance company’s headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. The move followed a routine compliance evaluation by the DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Humana is a federal contractor with the Department of Defense.
In 2011-2012, Humana paid women in consulting, project manager, and manager positions less than similarly situated men, according to the OFCCP. The federal agency determined that Humana’s actions violated Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on sex. While Humana does not admit liability, it will also make pay adjustments and take steps to ensure that its pay practices meet legal requirements.
“We are pleased that Humana has a commitment to equal employment opportunity and has worked cooperatively with the Department of Labor to resolve this matter,” said OFCCP Regional Director Samuel Maiden.
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