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Top Labor Department Enforcement Official Stepping Down (1)

May 30, 2019, 6:52 PMUpdated: May 30, 2019, 7:23 PM

Another Obama-era top official at the Labor Department is departing, multiple sources familiar with the situation told Bloomberg Law.

Marika Litras, the deputy director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, is leaving the agency for a new job at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Litras first joined the OFCCP as a senior statistician in California in 2004, according to her LinkedIn profile.

She began her role as deputy director in January, after serving as the agency’s director of enforcement for almost three years. Robert LaJeunesse is now the agency’s acting director of enforcement.

On Litras’ watch, the agency has investigated several high-profile companies for potential bias, including Oracle, Cisco, and Microsoft. The agency has also conciliated, or settled, alleged equal employment opportunity violations with companies, including State Street Corp., LexisNexis, and Humana.

The OFCCP published directives relating to pay analysis, religious freedom defenses, and audit resolution processes in the last year during her time as a senior official. The agency has been scrutinized for how it handles investigations of companies in the technology sector accused of pay discrimination. The agency’s director, Craig Leen, attempted to quiet those concerns in a February public meeting, but the OFCCP is still litigating cases against Oracle and Google.

Litras began her career with the agency in California, spending more than seven years in the Pacific Region, which is perceived to be more aggressive in enforcement tactics than other regions, according to management attorneys.

The deputy director’s departure follows several exits from the agency, including the head of the OFCCP’s Pacific Region, Janette Wipper. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s chief of staff, Nicholas Geal, will also depart at the end of May.

The OFCCP didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Litras will begin at the BLS on July 10, according to a source familiar with her departure.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paige Smith in Washington at psmith@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Terence Hyland at thyland@bloomberglaw.com