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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Smith v. Merck (Gender Discrimination)

Kelli Smith filed a class-action lawsuit alleging systemic discriminatory treatment of female employees at Merck. The lawsuit alleged that Merck discriminated against its female employees generally, and its pregnant employees and female employees with children specifically, through discriminatory policies, practices, and procedures in selection, promotion, and advancement; disparate pay; differential treatment; a hostile work environment; and retaliation. In December 2018, Merck agreed to settle the lawsuit for $6.2 million.

Misconduct Type
Labor
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Complaint
5/9/2013
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Merck & Co., Inc. $0
Further Information Released
Settlement Agreement 12/19/2018
Complaint 5/9/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database