The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday that a Maryland heating, ventilation and air conditioning design and installation company will pay $210,000 to settle a wage discrimination lawsuit that accused it of paying female employees less than their male counterparts.
The EEOC said in a statement that Clinton, Maryland-based Mechanical Design Systems Inc., which operates in Washington, DC, paid female project managers significantly less than their male colleagues despite having more experience and seniority, and in many cases directed them to perform additional work or duties.
The company, which was sued in US District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland, was accused of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
In addition to paying $210,000 to two female employees named in the lawsuit, the consent decree settling the dispute requires the company to take positive steps to prevent future pay discrimination, including implementing improved compensation and discrimination policies, among other measures.
Debra M. Lawrence, EEOC Philadelphia regional attorney, said in a statement, “We are pleased that MDS cooperated with the EEOC to resolve this matter and has agreed to take proactive steps to prevent wage discrimination in its workplace.”
Lawyers for the company did not respond to a request for comment.