Four women file equal pay lawsuit against Detroit Free Press

- Four female journalists have filed a lawsuit against the Detroit Free Press, claiming they were underpaid for years by the newspaper because they are women.

The journalists, all of whom won award for your photography and editing, filed the suit in U.S. District Court Friday morning. In the 20-page document, they claim there are stark pay differences between men and women across the Free Press newsroom.

The attorney representing the women, Deborah Gordon of Bloomfield Hills, claims the following in the lawsuit:

  • In almost every category of newsroom employment, men were paid more than women.
  • Male assistant editors make $7.62 an hour more than their female counterparts who are equally qualified.
  • Women photographers are also paid less than their male colleagues by more than $4 an hour.
  •  The longer women stay, the greater the disparity in pay. Men who have been at the Free Press for 20 years or more make almost $10 an hour more than women with similar seniority.

The suit was filed on behalf of Kathleen Galligan, Mary Schroeder, Rose Ann McKean, and Regina H. Boone. Galligan has been at the paper since 2002 and has been nominated twice for an Emmy. Schroeder won multiple awards and recognition for her photograph of Kirk Gibson in the 1984 World Series and is still at the paper. McKean was honored by the National Press Photographers Association. Boone left the paper in June but won an Emmy and national acclaim for her photography of the Flint Water Crisis, which included one of her pictures appearing on the cover of Time Magazine in 2016.

The women are suing both the Detroit Free Press and their parent company, Gannett.

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