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 MassDevice.com. "Medtronic stands behind its employment practices and commitment to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws."

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