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New York City Must Pay Underpaid Minority Female Workers $246 Million

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that the city of New York must pay its underpaid minority female workers approximately $246 million in damages.

According to the decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the city has for years underpaid hundreds of black and Hispanic female employees working for the city. At least 1000 workers are believed to have been underpaid by the city.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that it has evidence that the city discriminated against female minority employees, and believes that the city should pay as much as $246 million in damages as well as back pay. The complaint had been filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by the Communication Workers of America.

In its complaint, the organization alleged that female minority employees with the city, mainly administrative managers, had not received pay raises in several years. Female minority employees working as administrative managers typically get an annual salary of $52,000, in contrast to mostly white male senior administrative managers, who have received significant pay raises during the same period of time.

The city insisted that any discrepancy in pay was because of the differences in work responsibilities, and not because of race or gender. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that the city's practices were symptomatic of systematic inequality, and found that the city had not taken enough measures to counter the allegations against it.

Under the deal, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has also proposed that worker salaries be increased $92,000, and that the city also pay $246 million in back pay and damages to the female workers.

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