Compensation settlements between federal contractors and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) continued to increase in fiscal year (FY) 2012. According to the agency, in FY 2012 findings of pay discrimination were uncovered in 31 audits, compared with 21 in FY 2011 and 15 in FY 2010.

Overall, the number of systemic settlements increased to 102, up from 84 in FY 2011. About one third of the settlements included pay equity allegations, while about two-thirds involved alleged hiring discrimination.

OFCCP says they are seeing more settlements involving pay discrimination. In the past, failure-to-hire discrimination cases represented about 90% of settlements between the agency and contractors.

OFCCP has also asked Congress for an additional $1.1 million in its budget for FY 2014 in order to conduct more compensation audits.

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