The EEOC has sued the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, alleging it pays male lawyers much more than women who perform the same work.
On behalf of plaintiffs Leslie Lyken, Dolores Ward and Lynda Calore, the EEOC seeks class certification for all female attorneys affected by the allegedly discriminatory pay policies. The Port Authority’s female lawyers allegedly earn “thousands of dollars less” than their male counterparts, a difference, the EEOC says, that “cannot be attributed to reasons other than sex.”
The suit also accuses the Port Authority of age bias. Ward was fired at age 55, and another woman was 57 when she was let go. Both were replaced by attorneys younger than 40.
The next step for the case will be a hearing to determine whether it warrants class-action status.
Advice: Regularly audit your pay scales to determine if you’re paying women or minorities less than others for doing the same work or possessing the same experience or education. Document all the factors you use to determine pay, so you can demonstrate that you rely on objective criteria.