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Extended Stay Hotels settles equal pay dispute

The Equal Pay Act was first signed into law a little more than 50 years ago. Over the years there have been numerous stories about the gender gap in pay. Statistics have varied from time-to-time (and source-to-source) over the years. Unequal pay based upon gender is a form of workplace discrimination. Different laws have been proposed and enacted to address the wage gap. But, New York workers may be aware that discrimination in pay continues to arise in some job settings.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that female workers at an Extended Stay Hotel in a Mid-Atlantic state were being unfairly compensated as compared to their male colleagues who performed similar work. One woman worked as a customer service representative.

The federal agency says that she was paid less than males who performed similar work. In fact, her pay was lower than male customer service representatives at the same hotel who were hired after she was already working there. She was one of several women who the agency says were paid less than male workers performing equal duties. A regional lawyer for the EEOC where the case was filed says that, "wage discrimination has a pernicious effect on all workers,” according to a press release.

The hotel chain, which has roughly 700 locations across the country and in Canada, has agreed to settle the pay discrimination lawsuit. The settlement agreement includes damages for the women who were paid unfairly. In addition to the compensation, the company has agreed to abide by provisions aimed at eliminating future discriminatory acts in the workplace.

Source: EEOC, “Extended Stay Hotels Will Pay $75,800 to Settle EEOC Pay Discrimination Lawsuit,” Feb. 19, 2014

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