General Motors has been hit with a gender discrimination lawsuit by one of its own female sculptors. Heather Anger claims her male counterparts have been awarded more opportunities and have been paid more despite less experience and education.
According to The Detroit Free Press, her lawsuit points out her two college degrees, while those who have moved into higher positions don’t hold any higher education accolades. Anger goes on to say GM acknowledged the problem but failed to do anything about her situation.
“When my client went in and talked to HR about this, she was specifically told, ‘Yes, you are being paid less because you’re a woman and that’s the way it is,’” said Anger’s attorney, Deborah Gordon. “I thought, ‘Wow.’ This is something I was unaware of … There are still parts of the world that are still behind the times.” Anger stated her superior once told her if she wanted to advance at GM, she should read “Seducing the Boys Club.”
The lawsuit is aimed to take on the male bias within the automotive industry at Anger’s specific level, despite GM being run by the first female CEO of a major automaker, Mary Barra.
Gordon is not swayed by that argument, though.
“Great for that. It has nothing to do with how the women — especially those not in the C suite — are treated in the trenches … I don’t recall (Barra) issuing any initiatives to ensure there is equal pay companywide. She certainly hasn’t done anything in clay modeling. So the fact that they have a female (CEO) is irrelevant.”
GM has not issued a comment regarding the lawsuit.