ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Sealed Air
Corp., a protective packaging business, for allegations of violating
federal law through sex discrimination.
The defendants allegedly paid a female production supervisor
lower wages than her male counterpart. According to EEOC, the two employees
contributed substantially equal work under similar working conditions. Alleged
conduct of this nature violates the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which bans sex-based
compensation discrimination, as well as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
"Unfortunately, women in New Mexico today make an
average of 79 cents for every dollar a man is paid for the same job,” EEOC
Phoenix District Office regional attorney Mary Jo O'Neill said. “By enforcing
the Equal Pay Act, the EEOC is attempting to ensure that women in New Mexico
will be paid an equal and fair wage."
EEOC seeks lost wages, liquidated damages, compensatory
damages, and punitive damages for the alleged victim.
"Fighting wage discrimination and closing the pay gap
is a priority for EEOC,” Derrick Newton, director of the Albuquerque Area
Office, said. “Such discrimination violates federal law and is unfair to women
and their families."