The Department of Labor entered into a settlement agreement with Warner Bros,
resolving allegations that the company discriminated against 14 women and three
minority employees in its compensation practices at its Burbank, Calif. facility.
Under the settlement agreement, Warner Bros., a division of Time Warner Entertainment
agreed to the pay $143,744 in back pay and interest to the 17 workers.
"A key component of OFCCP's mission is to make sure workers are paid without
regard to their race, color, religion, sex or national origin," says Elaine
L. Chao, secretary of labor. "We are committed to strong enforcement against
compensation discrimination, and are pleased to have reached this agreement
on behalf of the workers."
The settlement agreement concluded a routine compliance review by the department's
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which has jurisdiction
over employers that contract with the federal government. Warner Bros. sells
motion pictures, videos, and DVDs to federal military exchanges, and provides
other services to the Armed Forces Radio and Television Services.
OFCCP is an agency of the Employment Standards Administration that enforces
Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the
Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended. These
laws prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in
employment based on race, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability
or covered veteran status.