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Eeoc Sues Hearn-Kirkwood for Pay Discrimination and Retaliation

BALTIMORE -- The following information was released by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

Gilbert Foods, LLC, d/b/a Hearn-Kirkwood, a food service distributor, violated federal law when it engaged in a longstanding pattern of sex-based pay discrimination and fired a female worker who complained about being paid less than her male counterparts despite performing equal work, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.

Sonia Coates had nearly nine years of experience in food service product selection, including one year of previous experience with Hearn-Kirkwood, when she began working as an order selector in its Hanover, Md. …

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