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Health Management Group pays $260,000 to resolve EEOC allegations of sex-based wage bias

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on May 7 that Health Management Group, Inc (HMG) of Akron, Ohio, will pay $260,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the commission on behalf of two female employees subjected to sex-based wage discrimination.

The EEOC’s suit asserted that HMG violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act by paying Krishna McCollins and Donna Davidson, both directors of franchise development, less than a male who performed substantially equal work for company (EEOC v HMG, NDOhio, No 5:09CV01762).

In addition to the monetary relief, the consent decree settling the suit requires HMG to provide training for all employees, managers, and supervisors on employee rights and employers’ obligations under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII; post an antidiscrimination notice to all employees; revamp its nondiscrimination policies; implement discrimination complaint procedures; maintain records regarding complaints of discrimination received by HMG representatives; promote manager and supervisor accountability with regard to the company’s antidiscrimination policies; and provide annual reports to the EEOC during the decree’s 30-month term.

“The EEOC will not tolerate discriminatory pay practices,” said Debra Lawrence, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Philadelphia District. “We are proud to announce this settlement, which comes in the wake of Equal Pay Day, an annual event which promotes public awareness of the continuing gender wage gap.”