LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The federal government has reached a settlement with a Los Angeles charter school it says paid a female employee less than a male co-worker in the same job, according to a Feb. 28 U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission release.
In its lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Central District of California, the EEOC argued that Guidance Charter School paid a female math tutor at a lower hourly rate than her male coworker even though their jobs were the same. The EEOC alleges the Guidance Charter School violated the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
"We continue to see pay disparity between men and women in all different industries," EEOC Los Angeles District regional attorney Anna Park said in a statement. "We encourage employers to evaluate their pay structure to ensure gender equity in pay."
As part of the settlement, the Guidance Charter School will pay $8,000 in monetary relief as well as revise its polices to ensure compliance with federal law, the EEOC said. The school will also provide training to its employees about equal pay practices, according to the EEOC.