The woman, who is black, accepted a promotion within the city’s finance office. She was replaced by a white man. Despite having less experience, the city started him at the top of the pay scale, earning $20.58 per hour. The woman had been paid just $18.93 per hour when she was promoted.
She is now suing the city, seeking $25,000 in wages she says she should have received had she been paid the rate bestowed upon her replacement.
Note: Never assume pay rates will remain secret. Public employee pay is public information. The National Labor Relations Act allows employees to ask about other workers pay in private employment.