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Is Discharge for Discussing Pay a Valid OFCCP Cause of Action?

Anonymous - Apr 18, 2018
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I am involved with a company that had an OFCCP complaint filed against them by a former HR employee. The employee had been fired for using her access to other employees’ salaries to seek a raise for herself. She accessed this information without requesting any permission from either the individual employees whose information she accessed and without the approval of her superiors. The company has been informed that they were within their rights to fire the employee due to the exception for discharging HR employees (or payroll EEs) who have access other employees’ salaries and use that access without permission or approval.

However, now the former employee has filed a retaliation complaint with the OFCCP, alleging that the company’s stated reason for firing her was just a cover and she was actually fired for discussing her pay. Her complaint has no reference to pay discrimination based on race, sex, or veteran status. Is this a valid cause of action that the OFCCP would address or provide relief for?

Thank you.

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