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Denton County to Pay $115,000 After Judgment in EEOC Equal Pay Lawsuit

A former female county doctor in Dallas, Texas will receive $115,000 from Denton County after a federal court judge entered judgment in her favor in a pay discrimination law suit.

In 2017, the EEOC filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dr. Martha Storrie, who worked as a Primary Care Clinician in the Denton County Public Health Department. A male physician was hired by the county in 2015. His starting salary was more than $34,000 higher than hers. Dr. Storrie reported the difference to the county, who failed to take remedial measures in response to the complaint.

On October 24, 2018, a federal court judge awarded Dr. Storrie $115,000 in damages and ordered the county to implement a new written policy regarding the compensation policy for all new physicians in the public health department. The county must also provide equal pay training and post notice of equal pay rights at county facilities.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work. Job content, not titles, determines whether jobs are substantially equal. All forms of pay are covered by this law, including salary, overtime pay, bonuses, stock options, etc.

If you believe you are experiencing unequal pay or other employment related issues, such as discrimination, sexual harassment, or wage and hour violations, please call us for your free consultation.

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