Checkers pay dispute settled

Market Burgers L.L.C., a fast food franchise company that operates a Checkers restaurant in West Philadelphia, signed a consent decree agreeing to pay $100,000, most of it in back wages, to settle a complaint by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing the company of paying its female shift managers, cashiers and sandwich makers less than they paid men in the same positions.

The company also discriminated against female employees by giving them fewer hours of work, reducing their pay.

The EEOC had sued the company in federal court in Philadelphia in August. The decree settles the suit. The decree, signed by both sides last week, requires Market Burgers to pay the back wages, raise the wages of current female employees, undergo training in the law and to forward any future discrimination complaints to the EEOC. - Jane M. Von Bergen