August 29, 2014

Obtained Summary Judgment in Equal Pay Act Case

Payne & Fears LLP won an employment discrimination case for its client by obtaining summary judgment from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. In Brown v. Everest Colleges Phoenix, Inc. et al., the plaintiff sued her former employer for sex discrimination, age discrimination, and violation of the Equal Pay Act, alleging that a younger, male employee was paid higher compensation than she was for the same work. Payne & Fears presented a detailed factual showing that the comparator employee was transitioning between positions and fell within the Equal Pay Act’s “red circling” principle. The Court agreed and granted complete defense summary judgment. Jeff Brown and Amy Patton handled the case for the prevailing defendant.