Feds settle equal pay lawsuit with Kansas school district

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled its lawsuit against a Kansas school district that paid a female principal less than it paid the man she had replaced and less than the man who succeeded her.

A consent decree filed Thursday in federal court requires the Unified School District 245 Leroy-Gridley in Coffey County to implement policies prohibiting pay inequity. It requires it to collect wage data by sex for all employees and report it each year to the commission until 2012.

The lawsuit stems from the commission’s lawsuit last year alleging the school district violated the Equal Pay Act in its compensation of Julie Rosenquist as principal of Gridley Elementary and Southern Coffey County Middle School.

The decree requires the district to pay Rosenquist an additional $11,250.

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