State Street Global Advisors agreed to a $5 million settlement to pay back some female and black employees whom, according to a federal audit that started in 2012, the company discriminated against.
The feds allege 305 women in senior vice president, managing director or vice president roles were paid less than men in the same positions. The report says 15 black VPs were paid less than white employees in the same job.
Since at least December 2010, all the identified employees were reportedly paid less in base salary and total compensation, and the female employees also received less bonus pay. State Street denies the allegations.
The company's agreement with the Department of Labor likely attracted more attention because of the meaning behind the "Fearless Girl" statue. It was placed in New York City's financial district in honor of International Women's Day to encourage diversity on corporate boards.
Some people — and news outlets — were quick to point to the messages as contradicting.