MN school district settles pay dispute

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. - A western Minnesota school district has agreed to pay $50,000 to resolve a federal complaint over equal pay discrimination.

An investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that the Montevideo Public School District failed to pay a female custodial aid wages equal to that of a male custodian, even though she performed the same duties in terms of skill, effort, and responsibility. 

Investigators further found that the custodial aid position in the Montevideo schools is an hourly position and pays almost less than half of the salaried custodian position. Following the investigation, EEOC determined that there was reasonable cause to believe that the school district was violating the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

District officials have agreed to pay the female employee $50,000, reclassify her to a salaried custodial position, provide annual anti-discrimination training to district employees, and submit all wage discrimination complaints made by employees over the three-year agreement with the EEOC. 

“In this day and age it is unfortunate that women still have to fight for equal pay,” said Julianne Bowman, district director of EEOC’s Chicago District Office. 


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