The city of Baltimore announced a settlement in a lawsuit filed by a former city employee who claimed her salary was lower than her male counterparts.
According to the allegations, the woman received a promotion with a promised salary that "well exceeded" the maximum 10 percent increase stipulated by city policy. This resulted in a dispute about the salary amount. Although the plaintiff worked in the promoted position, her salary level never increased during the dispute, not even by the allowed 10 percent. Further complicating the matter, the chief of staff who promoted her resigned during this time.
City officials admitted that the department's HR representative did not follow city policy and failed to either submit the proper promotion paperwork or follow the required procedure when a salary request exceeds the 10 percent maximum. The city attorney acknowledged that the parties involved should have concluded any deliberation about salary prior to starting the job.
As part of the settlement, the city will pay the former employee $158,298. Emily Opilo "Baltimore settles employment lawsuit for $158,000+, admits breaking city policy with promotion" www.baltimoresun.com (Jul. 28, 2021).