Vice Media settled for almost $2 million after several former employees sued the progressive company, alleging that they paid women less than men with similar jobs and work experience.
Hollywood Reporter reports that, according to the suit, Vice Media paid women less than men with comparable skill sets and job duties because they determined salary based on each employee’s previous work history. The suit also claims that men would be more likely to advance in the company, and receive even higher pay, than their female counterparts.
For its part, Vice News claims the company had no institutionalized or centralized practice to pay women less than men, and the several former employees who banded together to sue the platform were simply anomalies in the company’s otherwise progressive hiring practices.
Vice Media provided the courts information regarding its salaries dating back to 2012, which the plaintiffs’ legal team used to determine that “when controlling for job family/level, tenure, and work location, the amount of underpaid wages to female employees appeared to range between $7,000,000 and $9,740,000,” Hollywood Reporter notes, according to the motion to settle.
The decision to settle the lawsuit could have potentially saved Vice Media millions of dollars, according to the report.
Ironically, Vice News has published several reports claiming equal pay is a severe threat to the United States, including an article published a year ago titled “Trump is letting companies get away with paying women less than men”. It is not known how or if President Donald J. Trump somehow holds sway over Vice News.
It should be noted that Vice News is not particularly well known for its accurate reporting. Last year the far left media company described President Trump’s former campaign manager Roger Stone, Infowars host Alex Jones, and new media personality Milo Yiannopoulos as “white supremacists.” This error was particularly comedic considering Stone is married to an Hispanic woman, Jones’ first wife was Jewish, and Yiannopoulos is in a homosexual marriage with a black man.
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