Recent Case Highlights Need to Fight Wage Disparities Due to Gender
DALLAS (August 26, 2015) – The national law firm of Baron & Budd proudly celebrates Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 95th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution (August 26, 1920), which gave women the right to vote. Even though progress in the area of women’s rights has been substantial, Baron & Budd recently filed a lawsuit that is an example of how wage discrepancies based on gender still exist. (In Re: Civil Action No. 4:15-cv-644, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division)
On August 24, 2015, the plaintiff in the case filed a civil action against DistributionNOW, a Houston-based supply chain solutions company that serves a wide range of industrial markets. She filed the case pursuant to the Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963, which prohibits employers from paying employees of one sex less than the other for jobs that require an equal amount of responsibility, effort and skill, and are performed under similar working conditions. She is seeking twice the amount of unpaid back wages, legal fees and other damages, claiming the company violated the EPA.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff worked as the operations manager at the Bridgeport, Texas business location of DistributionNOW, replacing a man who had held that job. Despite having more years of experience, which included training the man who held the job before her on how to do the job, the complaint alleges that the plaintiff was nevertheless paid several thousand dollars less per year than her male counterpart in wages. The lawsuit also claims that, while her male predecessor in that job was given a company vehicle and gas allowance, she was not provided with any vehicle or gas allowance. The EPA covers disparity not only in salary or hourly pay, but also benefits such as car allowances, gas allowances, bonuses and numerous other forms of compensation and benefits.
“This case highlights the fact that even though major strides have been made regarding women’s equality since 1920, there still remains a great deal of work to do,” said Allen Vaught, manager of the Employment Law Section of the national law firm of Baron & Budd. “We will always remain vigilant in the area of women’s rights, and fight on behalf of those who are being treated unfairly in the workplace simply because of their gender.”
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