Judge tosses Port Authority pay disparity suit

New Jersey news from Eyewitness News

May 19, 2012 1:14:03 PM PDT
A federal judge has dismissed a gender discrimination lawsuit brought by female attorneys against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The charge was initially filed in 2007. In 2010 the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit, concluding the Port Authority had discriminated against 14 female lawyers by paying them less than their male counterparts who performed similar jobs.

In a ruling published Friday, a U.S. District judge in Manhattan held that though the plaintiffs demonstrated they had similar job titles as their male co-workers, they failed to show that the actual job requirements and performance were the same.

An attorney for the plaintiffs couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

The Port Authority said in a statement that it is committed to a merit-based pay system.

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