Lacey’s Place LLC Series Midlothian, doing business as Lacey’s Place, which owns and operates more than 30 video gaming parlors in Illinois, will pay $92,964 and furnish other relief to settle a pay discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.
According to EEOC’s lawsuit, female district managers were paid less than their male coworkers with similar experience and education since at least March 2018. A female manager was also fired in retaliation for complaining about the pay disparity, the EEOC said.
Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act, which prohibit discrimination based on sex and retaliation. The EEOC filed its suit (Case No. 2:22-cv-02161) in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
In addition to the monetary relief, the four-year consent decree settling the suit requires Lacey’s Place to develop and distribute a written policy against sex-based pay discrimination and retaliation, conduct anti-discrimination training, and conduct a pay equity study of current district manager pay. Lacey’s Place must also post a notice at its worksite about the lawsuit and submit written reports twice a year to the EEOC.
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