18 teachers settle bias suit for $150K in W. Pa.

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WINDBER, Pa. (AP) — Eighteen current and former female teachers have settled their federal gender pay bias lawsuit against a western Pennsylvania school district for $150,000.

The teachers sued in August, claiming the Windber Area School District hired them at lower salaries than men with similar experience.

School district Superintendent Rick Huffman says an internal investigation that cost $30,000 found no discrimination. Huffman says the district paid half of what the teachers were demanding to avoid legal fees that could have exceeded the $150,000 settlement.

The teachers' attorney, Samuel Cordes, contends the discrimination did occur.

Cordes' firm got $60,000 of the settlement, while the teachers received sums ranging from $360 to $13,950 depending on when they were hired and other factors.

The school district is located about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh.

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