As part of a settlement between Baldor Electric Co. and the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the company will pay $2 million to a group of nearly 800 women and minority job applicants. The OFCCP says an audit of the company’s applicant screening process revealed that it unfairly blocked a group of job seekers from obtaining entry-level positions at the company, a federal contractor.

Recent settlements like this are a reminder that “desk audits,” in which federal agencies were willing to accept company hiring data rather than conduct their own investigations, are now largely a thing of the past.

“They’re doing fewer audits than before, but the ones they are doing are more in-depth,” said Constantinos G. Panagopoulos, an employment attorney and partner at Ballard Spahr in Washington, D.C. “They’re going to come in and slice the data in different ways.”