Pittsburgh YMCA execs allege gender-, race-based pay bias

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Four female executives with the Pittsburgh-area YMCA are suing the nonprofit, claiming they are paid less than their male counterparts and in some cases, even less than their subordinates.

The four all say the pay inequities are due to gender, and one contends race bias is a factor.

Their lawsuit claims the YMCA unfairly uses a tool called the Hays Methodology to measure the skill, responsibility and effort of its employees and determine their pay.

Despite receiving higher scores than male counterparts, they allege their pay still lags behind.

For example, one of the women—a vice president of marketing and communication—earns $81,000 per year, while two lower-ranked male associate vice presidents earn $87,000 and $85,000. Two male vice presidents performing comparable work earn $120,000 and $106,000, according to the complaint.

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