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Peters Township School District settles age, gender discrimination complaint

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Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 1:57 p.m.

Seventeen female teachers and guidance counselors settled their gender and age discrimination lawsuit against Peters Township School District, the lawyer for the teachers said Friday.

Lawyer Colleen Johnston said she couldn't disclose the details of the agreement.

“The 17 female teachers who brought this action are very pleased that the school district remedied an unequal pay situation,” she said

Attorneys for both sides filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Friday. The motion doesn't provide details of the settlement.

A district spokeswoman referred questions to the district's solicitor, who couldn't be reached for comment.

The teachers claimed the district didn't properly recognize their work experience when it determined their pay and hired “significantly younger and/or male teachers” at higher salaries and awarded them credit for teaching experience.

The district said in court documents that the school board relied on the different superintendents who hired the women between 1993 and 2008 and that, in general, the superintendents tried to get the most qualified applicant at the lowest pay the person would accept.

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