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DOL Announces Record Wage Recovery for 2007

Published by on January 2, 2008

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a record wage recovery for workers in FY 2007. In FY 2007, 341,624 workers received $220,613,703 in back wages through the DOL.  This is a 67% increase over 2001 and is the largest year ever.  The number of workers was the second largest number since 1993. The DOL also announced […]

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a record wage recovery for workers in FY 2007.

In FY 2007, 341,624 workers received $220,613,703 in back wages through the DOL.  This is a 67% increase over 2001 and is the largest year ever.  The number of workers was the second largest number since 1993.

The DOL also announced a record-breaking year for federal contractor worker wage recoveries.  The OFCCP recovered $51,680,950 for 22,251 workers who had been subjected to unlawful employment discrimination.  The agency attributes its success in this area as follows:

“This success is the result of a new focus on systemic discrimination — cases involving a significant number of workers or applicants subjected to unlawful discrimination. During the past six years, OFCCP has shifted its focus and resources to target employers using discrimination as their “standard operating procedure.” This concentration on the worst offenders is designed to give the greatest protection to the largest number of workers. Of the record recovery in 2007, 98 percent was collected in cases of systemic discrimination.”

This press release is a clarion call to government contractors to pay close attention to wage reviews in the annual affirmative action plan review process.

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