Lawsuit alleges City of Albuquerque pays women less than men


The City of Albuquerque is facing a lawsuit alleging it’s paying women less than men who do the same job. 

The class-action suit filed last week alleges the City of Albuquerque is violating the Fair Pay for Women Act. 

It prohibits employers from paying different wages to men and women who do the same job with equal responsibility and working in similar conditions.  

The lawsuit alleges the city systematically pays women less than their male counterparts.

It says that for “graded” employees women are paid an average of $3 less per hour than their male counterparts and that for “ungraded” employees women are paid an average of $6 less per hour.

The four women who filed the suit work as “evidence technicians” and say they’re making an average a $1.84 less an hour than men who have the same job. 
The lawsuit says a review of public data shows hundreds of women are paid less than men for similar work under similar conditions. 

KRQE News 13 reached out to the city for comment early Thursday morning, but have not heard back. 

However, according to the Albuquerque Journal, a spokesperson said they cannot comment on the suit but that bridging the gender pay gap is a priority for the mayor.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are seeking equal wages and want the city to post notice of its violations.

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