The Food and Beverage Director at Texas Station has filed a lawsuit against Station Casinos. Michelle Cox claims she's not getting the same pay as her male counterparts.
The lawsuit says she's the only female Food & Beverage Director at the 16 company properties.
"Someone who is in the same line of job duties but has been there less time made substantially more pay than her for no reason other than gender," attorney Andrew Rempfer from Cogburn Law Offices said.
Rempfer said his client mades $80,000 a year, but a man once considered her subordinate was promoted to an equal position as her but with a yearly salary of $115,000.
"Based on the fact the individual we're discussing earned more, and had to report to Cox, gives us a reasonable basis to believe gender alone was why she was paid less," Rempfer said.
The lawsuit claims other female employees also had wage discrepancies based on gender.
Employment law attorney Mary Chapman said these kinds of cases can be difficult to prove, and she's been burned before.
"This is the No. 1 topic people lie about. They lie about their evaluations. They lie about their salary. You can't always believe what your coworkers are telling you," Chapman said.
Chapman said the defense can also present differences in pay based on job titles, work and school experience, negotiations and other things of which the plaintiff might not be aware.
"Those are difficult to fight because you go into lawsuit not knowing what those answers are, so how do you prepare to defend against them?" Chapman said.
Chapman adds that many people do not realize that, by law, they are allowed to discuss how much they make with coworkers. Employers cannot discipline employees for having those discussions.
If you feel you are being discriminated against, you're urged to contact an attorney right away. Chapman said it's easier to litigate when one is still an employee.
Cox is seeking judgment for unpaid wages and additional damages, as well as attorney fees paid for under the Equal Pay Act.
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