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Boeing-Lockheed Venture Must Give U.S. Pay Data, Judge Says

November 18, 2011

(Updates with excerpt from ruling in third paragraph.)

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- United Space Alliance LLC, a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., must turn over pay data to the U.S. as part of a gender-pay disparity probe, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington said yesterday that United Space, the largest U.S. space-shuttle contractor, must give the Labor Department the information. The venture sued to block an April 11 department order requiring the company to turn over detailed compensation data within 30 days or face debarment and cancellation of its contracts.

“The Department of Labor has not accused United Space of employment discrimination,” Lamberth said in his ruling. “The department has merely required United Space to submit data about its employee compensation. Submission to such lawful investigations is the price of working as a federal contractor.”

Lamberth said his ruling would be put on hold until Nov. 28 to give United Space time to seek an appeal.

The Houston-based company had $1.81 billion in government contracts last year, according to Bloomberg Government data. In April, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration awarded United Space a contract extension, valued at as much as $436.5 million, to provide support for shuttle operations, which ended when space shuttle Atlantis landed in Florida in July.

Tracy Yates, a spokeswoman for United Space, said the company is still reviewing the ruling and weighing its options. She said that if the company appeals, it will seek to delay implementation of Lamberth’s order. If it decides not to appeal, it will comply and turn over the data.

“We will not take any action that will impact our ability to continue operating under our government contracts or from bidding on future contracts,” Yates said.

The case is United Space Alliance v. Solis, 11-cv-00746, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

--Editors: Andrew Dunn, Stephen Farr

To contact the reporter on this story: Tom Schoenberg in Washington at tschoenberg@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.


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