The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued a Maryland agency claiming it discriminated against an employee by paying him less than his colleagues because of his gender.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, claims that the Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration paid Robert Rager thousands of dollars less than women doing the same job, reported The Daily Record. The lawsuit claims the agency violated the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits pay discrimination based on sex.
The lawsuit seeks back pay from Rager, who began working as the district's community liaison in 2007 as a contract employee and became a state employee in 2014. When Rager was transferred to another district the following year, a woman hired to perform his Previous job was paid about $ 11,000 more than it was, the complaint states.
Two other women who later held the same position were paid substantially more than Rager, according to the complaint. One was paid $ 23,000 more than Rager, although he had more experience, the lawsuit claims.
The agency also paid more to women with less experience who worked in other districts, according to the complaint.
A SHA spokesperson declined to comment because the case is pending.
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