Former Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe, whose wrongful-termination lawsuit against the state is now pending in federal court, filed an amended claim today adding an additional “claim for relief” to her case, which already charged sex discrimination, political pressure, due process violations and more: That the state hired a male to replace her and decided to pay him $22,000 a year more. “By paying Plaintiff at a rate less than her male replacement for substantially equal work on a job requiring substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar work conditions, Defendants violated the EPA (Equal Protection Act),” the claim states. “Because Defendants paid her less than it paid her male replacement, Ms. Lowe has suffered and will continue to suffer economic losses.”
Lowe charges she was fired for refusing to yield to pressure to favor a politically well-connected contractor, and also was discriminated against for her gender; she was the state’s first female transportation director. You can read her amended federal court claim here.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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