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Hearn-Kirkwood Will Pay $63,500 to Resolve Eeoc Pay Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

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

Gilbert Foods LLC, trading as Hearn-Kirkwood, a food service distributor, will pay $63,500 and furnish significant equitable relief to resolve an EEOC pay discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, the U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.

EEOC charged that Hearn-Kirkwood paid Sonia Coates, an order selector, less than it paid male order selectors, even though she had more experience and performed equal work at its Hanover, Md. facility. When Coates learned that Hearn-Kirkwood paid a newly-hired male order selector significantly more per hour than she was earning, she told coworkers she intended to file a charge of discrimination. …

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