Vice Media Sued Over Allegations Of Systemic Gender Pay Discrimination

Lawsuits continue to roll in at Vice Media. The latest comes from Elizabeth Rose, a former channel manager and project manager at Vice, who filed a lawsuit yesterday.
Rose worked at the company from 2014 to 2016 and alleges that the company "systematically discriminates against female employees, intentionally paying them less than their male counterparts."
Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Miller broke the story yesterday, tweeting details about Rose's case. Her complaint alleges that a male subordinate she hired was paid $25,000 more than she was and eventually promoted to become her superior. According to the suit, a male executive told Rose "that her former subordinate was a 'good personality fit' for male clients."
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The L.A. Times also noted that Vice may face extra scrutiny due to the scope and jurisdiction of the claims. Rose's suit accuses the media company of violating equal pay laws in New York (where its headquarters are located) and California, as well as the federal Equal Pay Act. More than 700 women could be part of lawsuit if it becomes a class action suit.
Michael Morrison, Rose's attorney at the law firm Alexander Krakow + Glick, told the L.A. Times that "not enough attention in the #MeToo movement has been drawn to pay disparities. You can't ignore that pay disparities based on gender have a profound effect on women."
The New York Times' examination of pervasive sexual misconduct and harassment at two Ford plants in Chicago is a good example of his point.
In that case, all of the women who came forward with complaints worried about the financial ramifications of standing up for themselves — and for good reason. Despite how toxic their work environment had become, the idea of leaving or being pushed out of unionized jobs that paid well and came with good benefits was enough to make them think twice about speaking out. And in many cases, their worst fears were realized.
"Their lawyers told them Ford insisted they resign as a condition of the E.E.O.C. settlement, for an additional payment. Ford lawyers later told a judge that was optional," the Times wrote. "Ms. Gray" — a Ford worker who told her union that her manager pressed his groin against her — "resisted but many of the others gave up the largest paychecks they would ever earn."
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Ford pledged to institute widespread organizational changes — and did so — until a hiring boom led to de-prioritization of anti-harassment efforts and a "backslide" in improvements.
On Twitter, Miller re-upped Vice's pledge to achieve gender pay parity by the end of this year. Whether the company is committed to equalizing pay and fighting against numerous reports of discrimination on the job at the same time remains to be seen.
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