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Vice faces pay discrimination lawsuit

Vice Media is facing a lawsuit alleging that it violated equal pay laws in California by paying women employees less than men. The lawsuit, which was filed on Feb. 13, says that the Federal Equal Pay Act and equal pay laws in New York were also violated.

The lawsuit was filed by a woman who worked in management from 2014 to 2016. She has asked that the lawsuit be granted class action status and that the company be required to pay everyone affected by the pay disparity. According to the lawsuit, the woman hired a male subordinate who made $25,000 more than she did. Later, the man became her supervisor. The plaintiff subsequently reviewed memos and pay records and found that men were paid more than women who were doing similar work.

Vice said it is reviewing the complaint and that the company is doing an audit that looks at pay parity. It is also aiming to have gender parity among its employees by 2020 and is establishing a diversity advisory board. The company has also weathered allegations of sexual harassment and has paid out settlements in that regard.

People who have faced workplace discrimination or harassment might want to talk to an attorney about the situation. An attorney may be able to advise employees of their rights and what their next steps should be. Employees might want to first try to deal with the harassment or discrimination by reporting it at work, but if the workplace does not address it or retaliates against them, they might want to file a lawsuit. Employees are protected against discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, disability and a number of other factors on a federal and state level.

Source: The Hill, "Vice sued for alleged gender-based pay discrimination", Brett Samuels, Feb. 13, 2018

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