A Wisconsin school district will pay $450,000 and raise wages to settle a wage discrimination lawsuit filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by female employees, the agency said Friday.
The EEOC charged that the Verona Area School District paid nine female special education teachers and one female school psychologist lower wages than newly hired male colleagues.
It said the teachers were paid $3,000 to $17,000 less per year than a male colleague, while the female school psychologist was paid at least $16,000 less per year than her male colleague, in violation of the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
The district rejected the teachers’ and school psychologist̵7;s requests for raises to match the pay of their more recently hired, higher-paid male co-workers, but repeatedly negotiated and agreed to raises sought by male teachers, the agency said.
The four-year consent decree settling the allegations requires the school district to raise the wages of the women in the lawsuit; review its salary policy; conduct anti-discrimination training; post a notice to employees at its workplaces about the lawsuit; and submit semi-annual reports to the EEOC.
The suit was filed in US District Court in Madison, Wisconsin.
The district attorney did not respond to a request for comment.