USA: Female ex-employee files lawsuit against tech co. Intel alleging significant pay disparity based on her race & gender

Author: Shaun Nichols, The Register (UK), Published on: 4 April 2018

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Intel has been accused of discrimination after a former employee says she was severely underpaid based on her race and gender...Cristina Wong filed suit against the chip giant in the Northern California US District Court alleging violations of the Federal Equal Pay Act, California Fair Employment and Housing Act, California Fair Pay Act, and the Unfair Competition Law.  According to Wong's complaint...Intel deliberately paid the Asian American woman tens of thousands of dollars less than her white and male peers made annually, then fired her when she raised issue...In addition to being recognized for her marketing work...the suit notes that Wong, who also identifies as lesbian, was held up by Intel as an example of its equal employment practices...[T]he suit alleges, Wong was paid significantly less than her peers, despite having similar roles and more experience.  The suit alleges Wong's salary was $30,000 less than the next-lowest paid person in her group and $40,000 less than the minimum compensation for her grade level, something she says her boss...acknowledged and recommended she take up with Human Resources...When Wong did bring up the pay disparity...she says Intel terminated her in retaliation.  Now, she seeks damages for racial and gender discrimination.  Intel did not respond to a request for comment on the case.

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