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Lets Stand Discrimination Ruling Against GM

November 7, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that General Motors Corp. illegally discriminated against three women at its Saginaw Steering Gear Division in three plants near Athens, Ala.

The court, over two dissenting votes, turned away arguments that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong in finding that GM violated the federal Equal Pay Act in its treatment of Sheila Ann Glenn, Patricia Johns and Robbie Nugent.

Justices William J. Brennan and Byron R. White voted to study the case more closely, but four votes are needed to grant such review.

The three women sued over GM’s ″rate retention″ policy of maintaining the same pay for hourly workers who transfer to lower-paying salaried jobs.

Their lawsuit contended that the policy had resulted in their being paid less than the men who performed the same jobs as they.

U.S. District Judge Robert S. Vance ruled for the women, and his award of damages was upheld by the 11th Circuit court last April 15.

Glenn was awarded $24,998.91; Johns $34,534.33; and Nugent $43,794.57.

The case is GM vs. Glenn, 88-263.

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