EEOC says New Jersey company paid Chinese workers less than other employees

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 4, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Nov. 22 that Chas. S. Winner Inc., doing business as Winner Ford of Cherry Hill and Winner Ford, will pay $150,000 after allegations of federal pay discrimination.

"Workers deserve equal pay for equal work,” said EEOC regional attorney Debra M. Lawrence. “We are pleased that Winner Ford worked with us to address these pay disparities and that it will take affirmative measures to ensure that no workers are paid less based on national origin."

According to the EEOC, Winner Ford paid Chinese emergency and accessory installation (EAI) technicians a lower starting wage and hourly wage at its Cherry Hill, New Jersey, location than EAI technicians who were not Chinese.

"Strong enforcement of the pay laws is one of the commission's priority issues,” said EEOC district director Kevin Berry. “The EEOC provides resources, including outreach and training, to assist employers in abiding by these laws, but we will litigate when an employer makes unlawful employment decisions."

EEOC's Philadelphia District Office oversees agency operations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and parts of New Jersey and Ohio.

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