Dell Settles Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

Dell has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by female employees for $9.1 million. The original case focused on a group of women who were employed at Dell in C1 through D3-level positions. Under the terms of the settlement, Dell will pay $5.6 million to the women in question and will use the other $3.5 million to raise the salaries of currently employed women in the effected employee rankings. Dell is not required to admit wrongdoing as a part of the settlement, though it seems obvious that something fishy was going on—if the salary of female employees wasn't below that of equivalent males, why spend $3.5 million raising them? The Round Rock-based manufacturer will also conduct a salary review, review hiring practices, and consult with outside experts in a bid to solve a problem it won't admit exists.

Allegedly) Paying Women Less Since 1984

This is scarcely Dell's first trip to the races when it comes to allegations of unfair / improper compensation. Last year, the company became the target of a class-action lawsuit brought by some 5,000 call center workers who alleged they were not compensated for work performed pre-shift, post-shift, or during meal breaks. Additionally, the class action alleges that the employees were forced to use an inaccurate time-keeping system called Kronos. This latest settlement will help clear the company's docket, but the manufacturer still faces additional inquiries from state and federal authorities charged with investigating the discrimination claims.