Amtrak will give an HR executive working at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station a salary boost of almost $16,000 to bring her into parity with what the railroad pays men doing the same job. She will also receive a lump-sum payment of $171,000.
Amtrak didn’t grant the raise and cut the big check because it suddenly discovered the error of its ways.
No, HR executive Sheila Davidson first had to try to resolve the pay dispute internally. When that didn’t work, she filed suit with the EEOC. That got the railroad’s attention.
Unlike many plaintiffs alleging pay inequality, Davidson knew exactly what everyone was making. As an HR pro, that was part of her job. So when she discovered that a man who held her same position in another Amtrak region was earning more even though he had fewer responsibilities, she got angry enough to pick up the phone and call the EEOC.