City of Indio Settles Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Filed by Former Employee for $300,000

The former assistant city manager for the city of Indio has settled a gender discrimination lawsuit for $300,000, according to The Desert Sun. The former employee claims that she received unequal pay solely because she is a female while she was employed by the city from 2009 to 2011. The lawsuit also claimed the plaintiff suffered retaliation for participating in an investigation of the city in a racial and sexual harassment case and retaliation for being a whistle-blower.

The city manager for Indio told The Desert Sun that just because the city sought to settle the lawsuit, did not mean the city was admitting fault. The liability program manager for the Joint Powers Insurance Authority said the case was settled “to avoid further litigation expenses and the uncertainty of a jury trial.”

The former assistant city manager claims that she was named interim city manager in April 2010 when the former city manager retired. The lawsuit alleges that her salary was 36 percent less than the former male city manager, and that she deserved a minimum of a 5 percent pay increase, but instead was asked to take a 10 percent salary decrease. The plaintiff was terminated in June 2011, and claims that other female staff members earned less than males in their similar positions.

Age discrimination is illegal under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which protects employees over the age of 40. Workplaces with less than 20 employees cannot be sued under the ADEA. If you believe you are being subjected to age discrimination at your job, you may be able to seek damages. An experienced employment attorney can help you decide if your case qualifies as discrimination.

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