Federal law prohibits employers from engaging in gender-based pay discrimination. Such discrimination can cause a great deal of harm to employees. No employee should have to worry that they will be discriminated against when it comes to pay because of their gender.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the three women were paid less than men who held retail clerk positions at these county-operated liquor stores. The EEOC alleges that gender discrimination was behind this disparity in pay.
According to a press release on the EEOC's website, a lawsuit has been brought in a federal court in Maryland by the EEOC against the above-mentioned Maryland county in connection to these allegations. Reportedly, in its lawsuit, the EEOC is asking for monetary relief for the above-mentioned three women. The lawsuit also reportedly is asking for certain injunctive relief. One wonders what will happen in this case and how it will ultimately be resolved.
Gender-based pay discrimination like that alleged in this case can be very harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes that all employers make sure to avoid engaging in such discrimination. What a person gets paid should be based on things like the amount and type of work they do and the conditions in which they work, not on what gender they are.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "EEOC Sues Worcester County for Pay Discrimination," Sept. 5, 2012
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