Intel Corporation Reaches Settlement for Allegations of Discrimination Against Black Women, Latinas

Intel Corporation (No. 50 on the DiversityInc Top 50 list) has reached a $5 million settlement with the Labor Department after allegations of pay discrimination against female Black and Latin employees, the Associated Press reported.

The Associated Press reported that Intel, a chipmaker, will pay $3.5 million in back wages and interest and also will put $1.5 million toward pay adjustments over the next five years for U.S. workers, specifically in engineering positions.

Intel, like the majority of technology companies, has mostly white or Asian men working for them. According to the company’s most recent diversity report, 27% of its employees are women, 9% are Hispanic and less than 5% African American.

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This is not the first time that Intel has faced massive lawsuits. In 2018, the company was accused of secretly targeting older workers in a series of mass layoffs stretching back to 2016, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reported.

Another lawsuit filed in August of this year accuses Intel of investing billions of dollars of retirement savings in “unproven and unprecedented” investment strategies, Bloomberg Law reported. According to the lawsuit, employees lost billions of dollars in potential retirement savings.

This case has gone as far as the U.S. Supreme Court, according to Reuters. In June, the Court agreed to hear Intel’s reasons why it didn’t violate federal law by making employee retirement plan investments that cost beneficiaries hundreds of millions of dollars.

The lawsuit was brought by former Intel engineer Christopher Sulyma in San Jose, Calif., federal court, Reuters reported.

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