N.M. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
announced Jan. 3 that Kevothermal, a manufacturer of vacuum insulation panels,
will pay $60,000 after allegations of violating the Equal Pay Act and Title VII
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
gaps have a wide and long-lasting impact, not only for the women who are paid
less, but also for their children and families,"” said Mary Jo O'Neill, regional
attorney for the Phoenix District Office. “
"The gap follows these women
throughout their entire career, even affecting their retirement benefits. These
broad impacts amount to nothing less than wage theft.”"
to the EEOC, a female employee who worked as a supervisor for Kevothermal was paid
less than a male counterpart despite doing substantially equal work. The female
employee had been with the company longer, and had purportedly trained
the male employee. Additionally, Kevothermal allegedly had a restrictive
language policy that prevented the female employee – who is Hispanic – from
translating for other Hispanic employees.
equal pay laws is an important priority for the EEOC," said Phoenix District director
Elizabeth Cadle. "EEOC will continue to advocate for employees to be
paid equally when they perform substantially equal work and ensure compliance
with Title VII and the EPA."
to the monetary penalties, Kevothermal must provide training to its
employees related to the Equal Pay Act and national origin discrimination.