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Lawsuit claims Albuquerque pays women less than men

May 17, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Four Albuquerque employees have filed a lawsuit claiming the city pays women less per hour than men in most positions.

The lawsuit filed last week claims the city is violating the state’s Fair Pay for Women Act, which prohibits employers from paying unequal wages for the same work.

The four women work as evidence technicians for the police department. The suit claims they make on average $1.84 per hour less than men working the same job.

The suit claims that rank-and-file city employees who are women make about $3 less on average than men. For at-will employees, women make $6 less.

City spokeswoman Alicia Manzano told the Albuquerque Journal that she could not comment on the lawsuit, but said “bridging the gender pay gap is a priority for the mayor.”

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