Bechtel settles $ 200,000 gender wage claims


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Diving Brief: Bechtel’s Oil, Gas, and Chemicals division has entered into a reconciliation agreement with the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and will pay $ 200,000 in late payment and interest to settle claims of compensation discrimination at its Houston office. OFCCP found that Bechtel discriminated against 22 female employees by paying lower wages than male employees in similar jobs – 12 with the job title Civil, Structural and Architectural Engineer and 10 with job titles including Supervisor Control Systems Engineer 2, Senior Electrical Engineer, Senior Project Engineer and Senior Engineering Package equipment engineer. Bechtel, the nation’s largest contractor by revenue, will pay $ 50,000 in salary adjustments to employees holding the jobs. Bechtel denies all allegations but has agreed to resolve the claims in exchange for OFCCP’s agreement not to initiate administrative or judicial enforcement proceedings. However, OFCCP may do so if Bechtel is in breach of the terms of the agreement. Dive Insight: Individuals raising funds as part of the OFCCP investigation also signed a statement acknowledging Bechtel’s assertion that it had not violated any laws regarding gender pay discrimination and agreed not to sue Bechtel. In addition to monetary compensation, Bechtel must also: Submit a progress report to OFCCP on compliance with the requirements of the agreement. Document and maintain records of all payments made under the agreement. Documentation of revised compensation policies. In general, the gender wage gap in the construction industry is much smaller than the gap in all US industries. While women generally earn about 81.1% of what men earn, women in construction earn 99.1% of what men earn, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But as in the case of Bechtel, there are still industries where women struggle to earn what men earn in the same job. The Brookings Institution recently reported that the pay gap for women in infrastructure positions is larger than it is in the construction industry in general. The analysis comes as President Joe Biden’s administration is pushing for an infrastructure spending program of nearly $ 2 trillion. According to the Brookings Institution, female civil engineers earn 81% of what their male counterparts make. Transport, warehousing, distribution and logistics managers get 91%; The proportion of workers, freight, material and stock carriers is 88%; And he works full time and wages 82%.


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