Feds: Amtrak to Pay $171,000 in Philadelphia Worker’s Bias Suit

November 14, 2011

Federal officials say Amtrak has agreed to pay $171,000 and take other actions to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a worker who said she had more responsibilities but less pay than her male counterparts.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said on Thursday, Nov. 10, that Amtrak engaged in a pattern of discrimination against Sheila Davidson, a human resources regional director at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.

The commission said that Amtrak retaliated against Davidson, including barring her from senior staff meetings, after she complained.

In addition to the $171,000, Amtrak will increase her annual salary by $16,500 so it is on par with her male counterparts and appropriate for her duties. Amtrak also will provide anti-discrimination training.

A call to Amtrak seeking comment was not immediately returned.

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