17 female teachers settle bias lawsuit for $17M

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 22, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.



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MCMURRAY, Pa. (AP) — Seventeen current and retired female teachers have settled their pay discrimination lawsuit with a Pittsburgh-area school district for $2 million.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1uYN8ZK ) obtained the settlement after making a Right-to-Know request with the Peters Township School District.

The teachers alleged the district didn't properly recognize their work experience, and unfairly paid more to younger female teachers and male teachers.

The district denied wrongdoing, saying it relied on the superintendents who hired the teachers in question between 1993 and 2008.

The plaintiffs were dividing nearly $1.3 million from the settlement, while their attorneys received more than $700,000 as legal fees.

Some of the teachers who sued have since retired. Those still working for the district have also had their experience reclassified and are receiving higher wages, too.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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