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Lawsuit alleges gender discrimination at Vice

New York City is home to a number of high-profile media companies, a number of which have come under scrutiny in recent months for their treatment of female employees. Vice Media, the alternative, youth-oriented media outlet known for its television programs and online content that focus on pop culture, drugs, sex and scandal, has now been sued by one female former employee, alleging that the corporation engages in systematic wage discrimination against women.

The plaintiff worked at Vice Media between 2014 and 2016. In her lawsuit, she alleges that the company's practices violate the Federal Equal Pay Act as well as state law in New York and California protecting women's rights to equal pay on the job. The woman's lawsuit includes an allegation that a male staffer who was hired at a level below her was brought on at an annual rate of pay approximately $25,000 higher. Later, this man was promoted to a level above her despite her longer record of achievement.

In addition, the lawsuit states that the plaintiff reviewed internal documents that included the salaries of several dozen employees at the media corporation. The overall trend of these salaries indicated ongoing gender discrimination in the pay of men and women doing similar work at similar levels of authority. The former employee is seeking class certification for the case for women affected by the alleged wage discrimination. Vice has stated that it is implementing a pay parity program and a diversity advisory board, especially after negative attention has been drawn to the company over multiple sexual harassment complaints.

Employees who are receiving lower pay due to their gender or who are subject to other forms of employment discrimination have rights under both federal and state law. People who believe that those rights have been violated might want to discuss their situation with an attorney.

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