Cerner agreed to pay $1.8 million to resolve allegations it discriminated against Black and Asian job applicants, the Department of Labor said.
The agreement with the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, announced Tuesday, resolves preliminary findings from a federal compliance evaluation, which alleged that Cerner discriminated against qualified Black and Asian applicants who applied for positions at five facilities in Missouri and Kansas between 2015 and 2019, according to the Labor Department.
The department’s allegations followed a routine compliance review, which found Cerner violated an executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Cerner has contracts with the Veterans Affairs Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kansas City, Missouri-based Cerner will pay $1.86 million in back pay and interest to 1,870 candidates who applied to work as medical billing account and patient account specialists, system engineers, software interns and technical solution analysts.
Cerner did not admit liability and denies the allegations, according to the Labor Department. The company will ensure that its hiring procedures are monitored and comply with equal opportunity laws, the agency said.
Neither Cerner nor Oracle, which acquired the company for $28.4 billion in June, immediately responded to a request for comment.