Lawsuit claims Detroit Free Press pays men more than it pays women

By John Steckroth - Editor
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DETROIT - Four journalists filed a lawsuit Friday against the Detroit Free Press and Gannett alleging unequal pay for female employees.

The suit alleges violations of the Equal Pay Act and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

According to the suit, men were paid more than women in almost every category of newsroom employment.

The Newspaper Guild of Detroit published a study in the spring analyzing pay data for employees

The complaint alleges male assistant editors make $7.62 an hour more than their female counterparts and photographers have more than a $4 gap in wage. Duration of employment alleges creates a larger disparity, where men at the Detroit Free Press make almost $10 an hour more than women, according to the complaint.

“The fact is that on the national level women, on average, earn less than men in nearly every single occupation for which there is sufficient earnings data for both men and women to calculate an earnings ratio,” attorney Deborah Gordon said.

The suit was filed on behalf of Kathleen Galligan, Mary Schroder, Rose Ann McKean and Regina H. Boone.

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