Despite similar skill, responsibility, and effort in their work, four female employees from the YMCA say they were paid less than their male counterparts. A lawsuit filed in district court this week alleges that the nonprofit organization paid male vice presidents at least $20,000 more each year than female vice presidents.
The women are represented by Samuel Cordes (at our firm). He told reporters this week that the YMCA isn't living up to its own mission statement to eliminate discrimination and crate a fairer society. The allegations are indeed shocking, especially for an organization as trusted at the YMCA.
Mr. Cordes told reporters that his clients "are losing a significant amount of money just because they are not men. What you're creating is second-class citizens in that workplace."
Discrimination based on gender or race is illegal under federal laws. Discrimination is any unfair treatment in the workplace based on the employee's gender. This can mean lower pay, denial of opportunities, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act or other unequal treatment. . The Equal Pay Act of 1964 specifically mandates equal pay for equal work, which is the primary issue in this case.
One of the women is also alleging that her race was also a factor in evaluating her pay, which is illegal if true.
One of the primary pieces of evidence introduced so far in this case is the results of employee evaluations, which were made public when the complaint was filed in court. The YMCA uses a standardized methodology to evaluate set of predetermined factors for each employee. The score from that evaluation is supposed to determine their pay. The women say that their scores were comparable or higher than male coworkers, but they were paid less.
Source: Pittsburg Post-Gazette, "Women allege pay discrimination at YMCA," Rich Lord, March 28, 2012.