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Labor Dept. Considers Tool to Fight Pay Discrimination

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The Labor Department is considering the development of a new data tool to collect information on salaries, wages and benefits paid to employees of federal contractors and subcontractors.

The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said Wednesday the tool would improve the ability to gather data that could analyze indicators such as pay disparities for minority and female workers.

OFCCP will accept public comment on the proposal until Oct. 11.

“This proposal is about gathering better data, which will allow us to focus our enforcement resources where they are most needed,” said OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu. “We can’t truly solve this problem until we can see it, measure it and put dollar figures on it.”

In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found women were paid an average of 77 cents for every dollar paid to men.

Executive Order 11246, signed by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

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