Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn
On November 30, 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that two leading auto dealerships in Baltimore County, Maryland, will pay $62,500 and furnish other relief to settle a pay discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by the EEOC, according to a press release from the EEOC.
The EEOC’s lawsuit claimed that a female employee worked as a dispatcher but was paid less than a male dispatcher who performed equal work. When the female employee complained to human resources about the wage disparity, she was told that someone would look into the matter. Instead, she was fired a week later.
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit discrimination based on pay and prohibit retaliation against employees who request pay equal to employees of the opposite sex. The EEOC filed its lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Division.
In addition to providing $62,500 in monetary relief to the female, the auto dealerships will adopt a policy that creates channels for employees to report unequal pay, creates procedures for handling those complaints, and trains managers and supervisory employees on preventing sex-based wage discrimination.
“Women are still paid 83 cents to every dollar earned by men,” EEOC Regional Attorney Debra M. Lawrence stated in the press release. “This problem cannot be fixed without women being able to speak out when they learn that they are paid less than male co-workers. The EEOC is here for them.”
In 2020, women earned 84 percent of what men earned, according to a Pew Research Center analysis, and women would have to work an extra 42 days to make what men did in 2020 based on this estimate. As a result, laws prohibiting employers from asking about salary history have increased to narrow the gender pay gap.
“When an employer has a screening firm perform past employment verifications as part of a background check on a job applicant, that screening firm needs to know which cities, counties, and states prohibit salary history questions,” explains Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder of Employment Screening Resources (ESR).
ESR is a service offering of ClearStar, a leading Human Resources technology firm specializing in background checks, drug testing, and occupational health screening. ClearStar offers background checks that include employment verifications for employers that comply with salary history laws. To learn more, contact ClearStar.
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