The Boeing Company Nov. 19 agreed to pay a minimum of $4.5 million in back pay and salary adjustments to female and minority employees, resolving Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs claims of pay disparity at Boeing facilities across the nation.

Officials from both Boeing and the Department of Labor lauded the settlement as a pioneer agreement covering disputes arising from OFCCP open audits dating back to 1994. “This is the first agreement that obligates a contractor to conduct self examinations, make across the board salary adjustments at every facility, and then report its results to the department,” Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman said in a statement. Boeing said that the “landmark four-year agreement” established a framework for partnership between industry and government.

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