Gov’t Accuses Major Oil Company Of Paying Female Staffer Less Pay For Same Work As Men


SOCI Petroleum/Santmyer Oil Company of Cleveland allegedly paid a female employee less than her male predecessor for the same job, according to a new lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC notes that Lori Bowersock was hired in 2006 as part of the human resources department in the company’s Wooster, Ohio, facility. She took over for the company’s male human resource manager in 2009. In a press release, the EEOC says, “The EEOC alleges that SOCI was biased against females and that the company tolerated the use of derogatory sex-based remarks to refer to females and devalued the accomplishments and capacity of female employees, as compared to that of males. The company paid Bowersock lower compensation than it paid to the male predecessor, according to the complaint.”

EEOC alleges that the company is in violation of the 1963 Equal Pay Act and the 1964 Civil Righs Act.

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