A southeast Idaho woman has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $350,000 from Union Pacific railroad, contending she was discriminated against with unfair wage practices because of her gender.
Ronna K. Martinez filed the lawsuit the week of May 6 in U.S. District Court in Pocatello following more than 40 years with the company, the Idaho State Journal reported.
In her lawsuit, Martinez argues that during the four years before her retirement a year ago, two men with similar job descriptions were paid $13,000 more a year. Her title at the company was system trainer, while the two men were system engineers.
“The performance of those jobs required substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility and were performed under substantially equal working conditions,” Martinez said in the complaint.
Soon after being hired, Martinez began raising the pay inequity issue with her supervisor and upper management, the suit states.
Union Pacific didn’t immediately return a call May 15 from The Associated Press.
Martinez said she and the two men worked closely together — often on the same projects — while traveling around the country, training and evaluating employees, and checking safety issues.
After she left the company, a man was hired to replace her under the title of system engineer and received pay similar to that of the other two men, the lawsuit states.
Martinez is seeking damages for loss of retirement pay and wages, emotional pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and mental anguish. She is also seeking court costs.