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Female sculptor files discrimination lawsuit against GM

Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press on

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On Oct. 3, 2016, she went to human resources to complain about her lower pay and the sexist environment. HR acknowledged both problems existed, but said it couldn't fix them.

Three days later, she complained to a manager, who allegedly suggested she read the book "Seducing the Boys Club," which talks about how the playing field is not level when it comes to women advancing in business and advises females to "seduce (male managers and co-workers) without sex and manipulate them without malice" to succeed.

Anger filed a lawsuit instead.

First, she filed a sex discrimination and retaliation complaint on Nov. 6 with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Then she filed a lawsuit.

Her lawsuit claims GM violated the Equal Pay Act by paying her less than her male counterparts for the same work, denying her bonuses and promoting her less, despite her stronger qualifications. She also claims she was retaliated against for trying to enforce her equal-pay rights, alleging she was replaced as the lead sculptor in a Buick studio by a man after she raised issues about her salary.

Her lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for -- among other things -- lost earnings, benefits, humiliation and embarrassment that she has suffered due to discriminatory practices at work. It also seeks an injunction to prohibit any further discrimination or retaliation against Anger or any female sculptors at GM because of their gender.

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