The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged in a lawsuit it filed this week that a West Conshohocken-based healthcare services company “violated federal civil rights laws by paying a female technician less than males on the basis of sex and by retaliating against her for complaining.”
The company, Medsurant Holdings, LLC, which operates under the trade name Medsurant Health and owns Medsurant, LLC and Medsurant Operating, LLC, provides intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring services to hospitals and surgeons. Medsurant Health’s monitoring services are performed by intraoperative neurophysiology monitorists.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, “the female monitorist was paid less than her male coworkers for performing equal work under similar working conditions, despite her excellent credentials and performance history. After the woman complained on at least two occasions, Medsurant Health retaliated against her and treated her differently than similarly situated male colleagues, resulting in her being forced to quit.”
According to the EEOC, such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibit pay discrimination based on sex and retaliation for opposing sex discrimination. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (EEOC v. Medsurant Holdings, LLC et al.., Case No. 3:23-cv-00501). The EEOC filed the suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
“Employers cannot pay a female employee less than her male colleagues because of sex,” said Debra Lawrence, the EEOC’s regional attorney in Philadelphia. “To then retaliate against the employee for raising the pay disparity and push her out of the workplace only compounds the legal violation and adds insult to injury.”
EEOC’s Philadelphia District Office Director Jamie Williamson added, “The EEOC stands ready to assist employees who are subject to pay disparities because of their sex and to protect those who rightly speak out about such unfair and unlawful treatment.”