Settled: Suit says woman was paid less than men for same job

Markets Associated Press

A hotel in New Jersey has agreed to pay a female former housekeeper $35,000 to settle allegations that it paid male workers, including her son, more for performing the same job.

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In addition to paying Rosa Lopez, Homewood Suites in Edgewater has agreed to state monitoring of its hiring, salary-setting and related complaint-handling processes for two years.

The state Civil Rights Division says the company hired Lopez in 2001 at a starting wage of $8 per hour. It says six male employees hired that year, including her son, got a starting wage of $9 to $10 an hour. Lopez received a 20-cent raise after a year.

The state says she was terminated after raising concerns with the owner in 2014.

The hotel has denied any liability or wrongdoing.