Computing giant Dell EMC must pay more than $2.9 million in back wages after allegedly paying female workers in Santa Clara, Pleasanton and North Carolina less than men, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.
“Beginning in 2014, Dell EMC systemically discriminated against females in engineering, marketing, and sales roles at its Pleasanton, California, facility, and females in engineering and manufacturing roles at its Santa Clara, California, facility,” the department said in a press release Monday.
Dell, headquartered in Massachusetts, said the $2.9 million settlement resolved longstanding audits of data-storage firm EMC from before the time when Dell agreed in October 2015 to buy the company, forming Dell EMC, a cloud-computing subsidiary. Dell said it believes there was no evidence of pay discrimination.
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In North Carolina, federal investigators found that Dell paid female and black engineers at a Durham facility less than white men, and that it paid black women in manufacturing jobs in Apex less than white men, the department said.
Google is locked in a legal battle with the department, which has accused the Mountain View search and digital-advertising giant of “extreme” pay discrimination against women. Google has denied the claims, and a federal judge has called the department’s theory in the case “little more than speculation.”
Last year, the department hit Oracle with a lawsuit, alleging the Redwood City software behemoth “has a systemic practice of paying Caucasian male workers more than their counterparts in the same job title, which led to pay discrimination against female, African American and Asian employees.” Oracle has denied the claims, saying they were “politically motivated, based on false allegations, and wholly without merit.”