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Trouble bubbles at valve plant in San Antonio

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San Antonio-based Taprite Fassco Manufacturing, a company that supplies CO2 regulators to the beer and soda industries, may get a bit of indigestion courtesy of the EEOC. The commission is suing the company, alleging that it demoted a female employee who raised concerns that men were paid more than women in comparable positions.

After she complained internally, the woman was demoted from quality control inspector to assembler, a lower-paid job. Because arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome made it impossible to perform the assembler job, she asked for a disability accommodation, but the company turned her down.

The EEOC lawsuit claims that while the equal-pay complaint was pending, the company hired a man—whom she had trained—paying him significantly more than it had paid her.

The lawsuit claims the company kept piling on violation upon violation even as the EEOC attempted to resolve the dispute through its conciliation process. Finally, the EEOC sued on the woman’s behalf.

The suit alleges violations of both Title VII and the Equal Pay Act, along with ADA violations for refusing to discuss reasonable accommodations with the woman.

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