Minneapolis-based Ameriprise Financial has agreed to pay $128,200 in back wages and interest to 20 black current and former employees to settle federal discrimination charges.
The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) leveled the charges following an investigation of pay practices for unlicensed service professionals working at Ameriprise Bank. Investigators found the company paid black employees less than similarly situated white employees.
Ameriprise Financial is the successor company to Ameriprise Bank, FSB.
Note: Unconscious bias can sometimes affect employee pay. Employers, especially those working on federal contracts, should regularly analyze employee pay to determine whether women or minorities face barriers other employees do not.
The OFCCP makes it easy for current and former employees who believe they may have been shortchanged to find out if a lawsuit has been filed challenging alleged wage-and-hour violations. They may contact OFCCP’s Class Member Locator online at www.dol.gov/ofccp/ to determine their status or call (800) 397-6251.