Coca-Cola Co is to pay out some US$8m in compensation after it was found that the soft drinks giant had underpaid more than 2,000 current and former employees. The discovery comes after an audit conducted by a federal agency, as well as an internal review by the company itself. Coca-Cola will, under an agreement with the US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, pay US$4.2m to 980 current and former employees who hold or held mostly professional-level positions at the company's headquarters in Atlanta.