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Pennsylvania County Favored Male Public Defenders, Suit Says (1)

Aug. 10, 2022, 5:46 PMUpdated: Aug. 11, 2022, 6:23 PM

A Pennsylvania public defender’s office consistently paid male assistant public defenders more than their female counterparts, a lawsuit filed in federal court in Pennsylvania alleges.

The office violated federal and state equal pay and civil rights laws in its treatment of attorneys Toni Lee Cavanagh, Denise McCrae, Nicholena Rushton, and all those similarly situated in Delaware County’s Media, Pa., office, according to the proposed class complaint filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

In August 2020, the United Auto Workers International Union became the bargaining unit for 44 staff attorneys in the office, the complaint ...