Female Senior Business Analyst Paid Less Than Male in the Same Position, Federal Agency Charges

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Bryce Corporation, a family-owned and -operated corporation that offers flexible packaging and prepress solutions, violated federal law by paying a female senior employee less than it paid a male employee who held the same position, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed August 30, 2019.

The EEOC charged Bryce hired a male employee as a senior business analyst on or about June 30, 2016. Bryce paid the male employee an annual salary of $122,500. Less than a month later, Bryce hired a female employee into the same position, and paid her approximately $18,000 less per year than it paid the male. When the woman learned of the pay disparity 10 months later, she requested equal pay, but Bryce refused to increase her pay to the male’s level.

The Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the payment of wages. Pay discrimination also violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination, including in compensation on the basis of sex. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Bryce Corporation, Civil Action No. 2:19-cv-02586) in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee after its Memphis District Office completed an investigation and after the agency first attempted to reach a pre-litigation resolution through its conciliation process. The EEOC seeks injunctive relief prohibiting Bryce from discriminating against female employees in the future, as well as monetary damages, including back pay, liquidated damages, and compensatory and punitive damages.

“President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law more than 56 years ago, calling attention to the practice of paying female employees less than male employees for performing the same job,” said Delner Franklin-Thomas, district director of the EEOC’s Memphis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Mississippi. “Yet we continue to see an increase in equal pay charges. The EEOC remains committed to eradicating sex-based wage discrimination. Companies must pay women equal wages for equal work.”

According to company information, Bryce Corporation, founded in 1969 and headquartered in Memphis, produces plastic film packaging for markets including candy, snack, pet food, and other consumer products, from its five production facilities in the United States.

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