CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced in September that SOCI Petroleum and
Santmyer Oil Company Inc. (collectively referred to as SOCI) will pay $50,000
after allegations of federal sex-based pay discrimination.
SOCI purportedly hired Lori Bowersock in 2006 to perform
human resources work. In 2009, Bowersock assumed a manager role after her male
predecessor left. However, EEOC argues she was paid less than the male counterpart – despite doing
substantially equal work. Additional EEOC arguments allege SOCI allegedly
allowed female employees to be subjected to derogatory sex-based comments in
"This settlement should remind all employers that the
law absolutely prohibits paying female employees less than males for performing
the same job duties," said district director Spencer H. Lewis Jr. of
EEOC's Philadelphia District Office. "This practice has been against
federal law for 53 years, and there is no excuse or justification for it. EEOC
will continue to enforce equal pay laws."
The consent decree settling the case requires SOCI to
provide training for its employees on the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"We are proud to announce this settlement, which
provides for both monetary compensation for Ms. Bowersock and injunctive relief
designed to prevent this from happening to female employees in the future,” said EEOC regional attorney Debra Lawrence.