City to pay $55K to ex-employee in equal-pay case
A former employee of the city's Minority and Women-Owned Business Development office who alleged she was paid nearly $20,000 less than a less-qualified male co-worker has reached a $55,000 settlement with the city.
Lawyers for Melissa Fulton, who worked for the office for three years until she was terminated in early 2010, reached a deal with the city late last month in the federal equal pay act case. The deal is slated to be approved by the city's spending board tomorrow.
Fulton was hired in 2007 shortly after Sheila Dixon was sworn in as mayor. A male co-worker, who had the same title and responsibilities, was paid nearly $20,000 more than her $55,000 annual salary, according to a federal law suit that Fulton filed.
A separate law suit alleging race, gender and age discrimination remains unresolved. Fulton filed a complaint with with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission late last year claiming that her termination was unlawful.
Fulton, the only white person among the four employees in her office, was the only person in her office fired when Stephanie Rawlings-Blake replaced Dixon as mayor last year, according to the complaint. She claims that she was terminated despite a spotless record, while her younger, black male counterpart who had been formally reprimanded, was retained.