EEOC files wage discrimination lawsuit against Baltimore car dealership – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday it is suing Jerry’s Chevrolet, Inc. on behalf of a former employee who accused the Baltimore dealership of pay discrimination and retaliation.
The lawsuit filed in Maryland U.S. District Court by the federal agency says the anonymous employee was fired a week after complaining about unfair wages and asking for a raise.
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According to the EEOC, the warehouse dispatcher learned in September 2020 that she was paid less than her male counterpart, despite being in the company six months older than him. Once she learned about the pay gap, she raised her concerns with Human Resources.
“The EEOC accuses the director of human resources of saying he would” look into the matter, “but rather brutally fired her a week later, allegedly for making an inappropriate joke,” the agency said.
When the employee mentioned that a coworker was only written about viewing pornography at her desk, she was told the two situations were different, according to the EEOC.
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“The EEOC says the real reason for the dispatcher’s dismissal was retaliation for his pay discrimination complaint,” the agency said.
Under federal law, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, and disability, among other factors.
“Women workers in all industries deserve equal pay for equal work,” said Debra Lawrence, Philadelphia regional lawyer for the EEOC. âWorkers have the right to ask questions about perceived wage discrimination without being fired as a result and that is why we have filed this complaint.
The EEOC is a federal agency that investigates complaints about discriminatory practices in the workplace.
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A spokesperson for the dealership was not immediately available for comment on Monday evening.