Medtronic pays $290k to settle wage discrimination lawsuit

September 24, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

Medical device titan Medtronic closes the books on a wage discrimination lawsuit accusing the company of paying its Hispanic employees less than it paid white workers.

Updated September 24, 2013, at 11:25 a.m. with comments from Medtronic.

Medtronic pays $290k to settle wage discrimination lawsuit

Minnesota medical device company Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) is closing the books on a years-old wage discrimination case, without admitting any wrongdoing, by paying $290,000 to settle claims that it paid Hispanic workers less than white workers.

Medtronic allegedly shortchanged 78 Hispanic entry-level employees at a Danvers, Mass., facility, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. The alleged misconduct dated back to 2008 and continued for 5 years, according to a Labor Dept. statement.

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The pay disparities were discovered via investigation, rather than by any whistle-blowing from within the company, Medtronic said.

"In this case, the finding is based on a statistical analysis rather than any employee complaints," Medtronic spokeswoman Cindy Resman told "Medtronic stands behind its employment practices and commitment to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws."