$63K Closes EEOC Suit Against Food Distributor in Maryland That Paid Women Less Than Men

A Maryland-based food-service distributor should have quit while it was behind. Instead, it allegedly compounded its equal pay act violation by subjecting the complaining employee to reprisals because she complained.

That resulted in the first settlement of 2016 entered into by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The EEOC announced today that Gilbert Foods LLC, trading as Hearn-Kirkwood, has agreed to settle equal pay and retaliation charges for $63,500.

According to the EEOC, the company paid a female order selector less than it paid male order selectors, even though she had more experience and performed equal work at its Hanover, Maryland facility.

The EEOC said that when the female selector complained to a company manager, that manager told her supervisor that the company intended to fire her without making it appear to be unlawful. The company engaged in a pattern of retaliation, culminating in the woman’s termination, it said.

Make yourself this New Year’s resolution: Pay men and women the same for doing the same work, and never ever retaliate against an employee complaints that she’s not being paid fairly.

Here’s the EEOC’s announcement of the settlement.

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