EEOC Nabs $50K for Underpaid Custodian in Settlement of Lawsuit Against School District

A school district in Minnesota decided it was better to capitulate than fight a lawsuit alleging it paid a female custodian less than a male custodian though they both performed equivalent duties.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the lawsuit against the Montevideo School District, the school district agreed to pay $50,000 to resolve the Equal Pay Act lawsuit.

The EEOC found that Montevideo School District failed to pay a female custodial aid wages equal to that of a custodian, a position which was held by her male coworker, even though the two performed job duties that were the same as or equivalent in skill, effort and responsibility. The custodial aid position is an hourly position and pays almost less than half of the salaried custodian position.

Following the investigation, EEOC determined that there was reasonable cause to believe that the school district was violating the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Read more here about the lawsuit and the terms of the settlement

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