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Huntsville school board named in equal pay suit

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A former employee claims the man hired to replace her was paid nearly double her salary. (Source: WAFF/MGN Composite) A former employee claims the man hired to replace her was paid nearly double her salary. (Source: WAFF/MGN Composite)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A former Huntsville City Schools employee is suing the district, claiming the district hired a man to take over for her and paid him nearly double her salary for the same position. The former employee wants more than $100,000 from the district.

The suit says Janet Greenlee worked as a Financial Accounting Coordinator for Huntsville City Schools for several years before she had to step down because of health issues. But it is who the district hired in her place and for how much that has her upset.

The 10-page complaint outlines Greenlee's frustrations. Her attorney argues the district violated the Equal Pay Act when they hired Jason Taylor to fill Greenlee's role.

According to the suit, Greenlee's salary with the district stayed at $58,300 during her roughly three years on the job with the district. Her attorney said she left the district in 2011 following a stroke. He said when the district hired Taylor for the same position, they paid him $85,000. One month and one day later, his salary was raised to $97,500.

The lawsuit alleges the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, did an investigation into the allegations and found the district not in compliance with the Equal Pay Act.

Greenlee is now asking for back pay and $113,000 in compensatory damages. The suit names the entire Huntsville City School Board and Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski as defendants.

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