Hollywood DGA Lawyer Files Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Guild
August 17, 2011
In recent Hollywood, California employment news, Jill Killion, the former assistant general counsel working for the Directors Guild of America (DGA), has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the DGA, claiming that she experienced a drastic salary discrepancy in comparison to a male colleague with similar job duties, and after reporting the alleged discrimination was retaliated against by being wrongfully terminated from her position.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Killion filed the lawsuit last week, claiming that she was paid significantly less than David Dreyfus, DGA associate general counsel, who held the same employment responsibilities as Killion, although he had a more senior title.
Killion reportedly began working for the DGA from June of 2008 until June of 2009, and was paid $75,000 in 2008 and then $78,000 in 2009. In comparison Dreyfus allegedly made $131,181 in 2008 and then $152,000 in 2009.
The sex-bias discrimination lawsuit states that David Korduner, DGA general counsel, claimed that he wasn't aware of the difference between Dreyfus' and Killion's job position, and did not know what career steps Killion should take to achieve eventual promotion. The complaint claims that Killion reviewed the DGA's LM-2 informational report filings with the Department of Labor (DOL), a requirement for unions covered by under Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act to submit financial statements to the DOL every year. Killion allegedly found that according to the LM-2 filing, in 2008, the DGA engaged in employment practices that compensated male employees at a higher pay rate than female employees.
In May of 2009, Killion reportedly approached Korduner about her LM-2 findings, and evidence of gender discrimination, especially in regard to the compensation difference between her salary and the salary of Dreyfus. Killion claims that she was retaliated against one month later by being fired, and was informed that she shouldn't have looked at the LM-2 report.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Commission, it is unlawful to engage in gender discrimination in any aspect of employment, including job hiring, firing, compensation, job assignments, employment promotions, layoffs, job training, fringe benefits, and other employment terms or conditions.
Killion's lawsuit is seeking punitive and actual damages, lost salary and attorneys fees in the lawsuit, but is she not looking to be reinstated to her former position.
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Former DGA Lawyer Sues Guild for Gender Discrimination (Exclusive), The Hollywood Reporter, August 8, 2011
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Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), U.S. Department of Labor
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