Federal contractor The Home Depot agrees to pay $83K for gender discrimination

The Department of Labor recently reached $83k settlement with The Home Depot. For years, women at The Home Depot store in Southern California store found themselves funneled into cashier jobs while their male coworkers landed higher-paying sales jobs. As a federal contractor, however, the company is obligated to offer equal opportunities to all job applicants and employees.

After action by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, 46 women who applied for positions and were either not hired or placed into cashier positions instead of sales associate positions at the home improvement retailer’s Pomona location will share $83,400 in compensation.

“This settlement demonstrates the U.S. Labor Department’s determination to prevent workplace discrimination, especially by federal contractors,” said OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu. “If you do business with the federal government, the law requires you to hire and promote people according to skills and experience, not gender.”

OFCCP investigators examined personnel records and employment applications, interviewed rejected female job applicants and managers, and found that management at the Pomona store had routinely channeled or placed equally or more qualified females into cashier positions while male hires were put into sales associate positions with higher pay and promotion opportunities.

As part of the settlement, The Home Depot did not admit liability but agreed to hire or promote five women to sales associate positions.

Headquartered in Atlanta, The Home Depot has multiple federal contracts valued in excess of $2 million.

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