U.S. Steel sued for not paying female employee same as male

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jul. 18, 2011, 8:39am

MARSHALL - A human resources employee for U.S. Steel Corp. has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit claiming she was not paid the same as similarly situated male employees and was terminated when she complained about the unfair treatment.

Claiming violations of her civil rights, Mabel Olivas filed suit against U.S. Steel on July 5 in the Eastern District of Texas.

Olivas was working as an HR administrator for Lone Star Technologies when it was acquired by U.S. Steel in June 2007. According to the lawsuit, in July 2010, Olivas sent her supervisor an email requesting a meeting to discuss her level of compensation.

Particularly, Olivas states U.S. Steel was not paying her the same level of compensation that it had paid the previous administrator, who was a man. The defendant dissuaded her from resigning by promising to increase her pay, but by October 2010, Olivas was terminated.

The defendant is accused of violating Olivas' civil rights by paying her less than similarly-situated male employees and for retaliating against Olivas for engaging in protected activity � complaining about gender discrimination.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for back pay, employment benefits, front pay, pecuniary losses, emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, interest and attorney's fees.

Olivas is represented by Sulphur Springs attorney Wade A. Forsman. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge T. John Ward is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00307

More News