CWA Local 1180 & New York City Settle Class Action Lawsuit For Discriminatory Pay Practices By Compensating Members & Changing City Pay Practices
(NEW YORK CITY) - More than three years after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found in the favor of Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 1180 on behalf of their Administrative Managers, the CWA has reached an agreement with the City of New York to settle a Federal Class Action Lawsuit to compensate Members who were paid unfairly based on their gender and race.
CWA Local 1180 President Gloria Middleton said that 1,600 Administrative Managers - mostly Women and Minorities represented by the Union - were found by the EEOC to have been paid less than their White Male counterparts, after the Union filed a complaint in 2013 during the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“Our ‘journey for justice’ (took) a big step forward and our Administrative Managers, who have stood with the Union during this long fight, will finally get the recognition and restitution they deserve. Our Members have served for decades, delivering important public services without the recognition or compensation they are entitled to. The fact that someone is Female or Black or Hispanic ‘should make no difference in what they get paid.’ This case ‘was about equal pay for equal work.’ We are proud to have represented our Members in helping achieve this important victory in the battle for pay equality,” Middleton said.
The CWA and the City, along with the Representative Plaintiffs, have spent the past two years in settlement efforts with the help of the Court’s Magistrate Judge, and the parties recently hashed out the final details that brought about the settlement agreement.
Middleton said both sides would jointly submit to the Court a motion for approval of the settlement, which is set to give approximately $5.5 million in back pay, $5.5 million in annuity payments, additional retroactive pay estimated at approximately $4 million, and pay increases for Members.
Additionally, the settlement will include a host of equitable reforms meant to ensure equal pay practices moving forward, CWA Reps said, including an Oversight Committee to ensure Non-Discriminatory Pay Practices, and annual disclosure of pay data tied to race and gender - along the lines of legislation the City Council passed late last year and became law on January 20th (2019).
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