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N.J. women join gender-pay class action against Lockheed

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in Compensation and Benefits,Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

A federal judge has added two New Jersey women to a national class-­action lawsuit against defense contractor Lockheed Martin. The women, Carol Bell and Andrea de la Torre, join plain­tiffs in Pennsylvania, Texas and Mary­land as class representatives in the case.

Approximately 14,000 women may be members of the proposed class.

The women claim they were put on slower career paths that provided fewer promotion possibilities and lower pay than men in comparable jobs. They claim a male-dominated culture at Lockheed consistently denies opportunity to women.

The suit seeks back pay and punitive damages—plus a court order directing Lockheed Martin to establish fair pay, evaluation and promotion practices.

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