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Doner Partner’s Creative Director Gets Equal Pay, Age Bias Trial

Aug. 10, 2020, 3:28 PM

A trial is needed to determine whether Doner Partners LLC paid a female creative director less than her male counterparts because of her sex and fired her in a bogus workforce reduction because she was 59 years old, the Eastern District of Michigan ruled.

Susan Walsh has statistical evidence of both sex-based pay bias under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act, and of age discrimination under federal and Michigan law, the court said Aug. 7.

And a jury could see a spreadsheet created by Doner’s global creative chief—and statements its CEO made during...

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