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PRESS RELEASE
7-6-18

TrueCore Behavioral Solutions to Pay $38,000 To Settle EEOC Equal Pay and Title VII Lawsuit

Company Failed to Pay Female Investigator the Same as  a Male Investigator, Federal Agency Charged

LITTLE  ROCK, Ark. - TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, a manager of programs and services  at a juvenile correction facility in Alexander, Ark., will pay $38,000 as part  of the settlement of a sex pay discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal  Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.  During the relevant time frame, the company managing the correctional facility  was known as G4S, but TrueCore purchased the assets and liabilities of G4S in  June 2017.

The EEOC's  lawsuit challenged the company's compensation of one of the employees when the  company placed a female employee into the facility investigator position but  paid her significantly less than the male who had recently vacated the  position. Although the woman brought the pay disparity to the company's  attention, the company never raised her pay, the EEOC said.

Such  alleged conduct violates the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and Title VII of the Civil  Rights Act of 1964, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. The EEOC  filed suit (EEOC v. TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, Civil Action No. 4:17-cv-387)  in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division,  after first attempting to reach a voluntary pre-litigation settlement through its  conciliation process. The agency's Little Rock Area Office investigated the discrimination  charge.

"One of  EEOC's priorities is ensuring employees are paid equally when the employees  perform the same job," said Faye A. Williams, regional attorney of the EEOC's  Memphis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee, and  portions of Mississippi. "An employee's gender can never be the basis for  disparate treatment and pay."

The EEOC enforces federal laws  prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is  available on its website at www.eeoc.gov .