Princeton University recently agreed to pay nearly $1 million in cumulative back wages to 106 female professors whom the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found to be victims of gender-based pay discrimination.
The OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246, which makes it unlawful for employers that are government contractors to engage in gender-based compensation discrimination. To assess compliance with the law, the agency regularly conducts aggressive, protracted reviews of contractors’ pay practices. The reviews are called compliance evaluations. An employer that is found to pay female employees less than similarly situated