Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Lawsuit Accuses R Street of Pay Discrimination

Here is more from Politico:

A former staffer at the R Street Institute has sued the free-market think tank, claiming that she was paid less than men in the organization who held similar roles before her or who had less experience and was retaliated against and ultimately fired after raising pay equity concerns regarding herself and a direct report, according to court documents.

— According to a complaint filed in May in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Lauren Rollins joined R Street Institute in 2017 and moved up the ranks in the think tank’s editorial department, eventually serving as associate vice president of research programs. Rollins alleges that even as she accepted promotions and took on more work as the result of departures from the organization which “effectively consolidated the duties of three former Executive Team positions onto” Rollins, she was still paid less than her predecessor in the role.

— In a response filed in July, R Street denied the vast majority of Rollins’ accusations and contended that its “employment decisions, at all relevant times, were based on legitimate non- discriminatory and non-retaliatory reasons and were consistent with applicable principles of law.” R Street is asking that Rollins’ suit be dismissed with prejudice and that the court enter judgment in R Street’s favor, along with attorneys’ fees and costs. Attorneys for neither Rollins nor R Street returned requests for comment.


Last year, R Street Institute sued an employee over side gig work.