The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“) settled a gender discrimination lawsuit against Harmony Public Schools for $125,000. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Nicole M. Tuchscherer, a former teacher at Harmony Science Academy. Tuchscherer taught art at the school for five years and was making $40,000 in her fifth year. The problem was Harmony paid an uncertified male art teacher with no previous teaching experience an annual salary of $44,000 to teach art. This lawsuit illustrates an unequal pay case involving the difference in pay between men and women in the workplace.
According to published accounts, during an annual salary negotiation meeting with the school principal, Tuchscherer asked Harmony to pay her a salary equal to that of male teachers. At that meeting,Tuchscherer also told Principal Halit Erdogdu that she believed Harmony discriminates against women in compensation. After hearing this the principal became angry with her for raising these issues and called her unprofessional and negative. Two weeks later, Harmony Public Schools informed Tuchscherer that her teaching contract had not been renewed.
“The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan has made sex-based wage discrimination a national enforcement priority.” said EEOC General Counsel David Lopez