Deloitte Services LP has agreed to pay US$275,000 in back pay plus interest to 34 female technology services employees who worked in one of the company’s Tennessee offices, the U.S. Department of Labor says. The Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) conducted a routine compliance review and “found that Deloitte Services LP discriminated when it paid female employees in technology services in Hermitage, Tennessee, less than their male counterparts,” the OFCCP says.

“OFCCP also found that the federal contractor failed to adequately evaluate female placement rates into certain positions within the Market Development function at its Atlanta, Georgia, location and the Workplace Services function at its Hermitage, Tennessee, location.”

In a statement, OFCCP says Deloitte is cooperating with the Department to “resolve these matters and to prevent similar issues from happening again.”

Deloitte will provide training to managers, supervisors, and company officials who oversee pay decisions in its Tennesee and Georiga locations.

“The contractor denies these allegations,” the Department says in a press release.

Deloitte Services LP is a global company based in London, UK. It provides audit, consulting, tax, and advisory counsel, among other services.



As of December 2018, women accounted for around 20 per cent of all tech jobs in the U.S., despite comprising more than half of the country’s total workforce.

Still, data from a survey of 100,000 women by Handshake, an online career community for college students, suggests a growing number of women are applying for STEM jobs, even those without STEM degrees.

The findings are encouraging, given the results of an October 2019 survey of 760 Canadian women conducted by SAP Canada.

In it, nearly half (43 per cent) said they aren’t convinced that tech companies want to hire women and more than half (54 per cent) said tech companies have a “bad reputation” when it comes to gender and equality.

 Currently, women make up less than 20 percent of all tech jobs in the U.S., despite accounting for more than half of the country’s total workforce. 

If the results of the Handshake survey are indicative of an ongoing trend, perhaps the tech sector is poised for a shift toward gender parity, provided hiring companies are willing to do what it takes to support and retain female employees.

“CEO support is …crucial in attracting, retaining, and promoting more marginalized groups in tech organizations,” HR Drive writes in an analysis of the Handshake study.

“Support from the top can send a message to the rank and file that barriers that keep out or discriminate are unacceptable.”

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