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An administrative complaint was filed against Tyson Fresh Meats (“Tyson”) this week, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc. The complaint alleges systemic discrimination against women in Tyson’s Illinois plant. The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) is empowered to assert the complaint based upon Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors like Tyson, from discriminating on the basis of sex.

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A recent Temple University finds that pay disparities between women partners and male partners at law firms are not based upon lower productivity, as traditionally believed. In fact, according to the researchers women partners are as productive as their male counterparts. Consequently, the researchers concluded that female partners may earn less, despite their productivity, because of intentional sexual discrimination. The report is entitled, Gender Gap in Law Firm Partner Compensation.

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