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6 female Colby coaches say they are paid less than men

They are working with the Maine Human Rights Commission
The complaint says the coaches were told male coaches had “higher market value.”
The complaint says the coaches were told male coaches had “higher market value.”
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 6:47 AM EDT
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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - Six female coaches at Colby College have filed a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission alleging they are paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

The complaint says the coaches were told male coaches had “higher market value.”

The complaint was filed in March.

Colby College issued the following statement on the matter: “Colby College is deeply committed to creating a fair and equitable workplace and believes these allegations deserve thorough examination. We have been engaged in an internal investigation and have been working productively and collaboratively with the coaches and other parties to determine the facts and understand the concerns.

It is unfortunate that this matter was disclosed in violation of the confidentiality rules of the Maine Human Rights Commission, especially since the College and the coaches had pledged to work together privately to determine the merit of these claims and had been doing so for several months.

Every Colby employee is a valued member of our community, and our educational mission would be impossible to achieve without them. We will continue to support our employees to the best of our ability including providing the necessary resources for them to be successful.”

Maine Human Rights Commission Executive Director Amy Sneirson declined to say if Colby has responded to the complaint, but added that the process can take between 18 months and two years to complete.

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