Benefits and Compensation, HR Management & Compliance

Job Titles Irrelevant in Equal Pay Claims, Settlement Shows

An employee’s duties can be more important that her job title when it comes to equal pay claims, a recent settlement agreement illustrates.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced September 7 that a school district in Minnesota has entered into a conciliation agreement with the commission to resolve a custodian’s equal pay charge. The school agreed to pay her $50,000 to settle the claims.

After conducting an investigation, the EEOC said it determined that the Montevideo School District failed to pay a female custodial aid wages equal to that of a custodian, a position held by her male coworker, even though the two performed job duties that were the same as or equivalent in skill, effort, and responsibility.

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