The ACLU files a sex discrimination lawsuit against Newport Grand

By: Chloe Leshner


NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) — The ACLU taking on Newport Grand Casino with a sex discrimination lawsuit. A night manager who has been working there for a decade says shes making significantly less than her younger, male coworker.

Making matters worse, that woman says she was given no explanation when Newport Grand management denied a raise that would make her salary equal to her male coworker’s.

Paula Borrelli doesn’t want to leave her job as a night manager at Newport Grand Casino.

"I love my job, I enjoy it very much. I love working with the people, the patrons, I’ve always been in customer service," says Borrelli.

She simply wants to make the same amount of money as her male coworker.

"I’m doing the same job, the exact same job and I’m being paid less," she says.

He makes $4,000 more annually. She found out about the disparity at an HR meeting and asked her managers what could be done to bring her salary up to equal his.

"Months after months kept going by and I didn’t hear back until May when they said that they just weren’t going to do anything," says Borrelli. She says they didn’t give any explanation despite that fact that shes worked her way up the ranks over the past 10 years.

"It just devastated me, I couldn’t believe it," she says.

That’s why the ACLU of Rhode Island has filed a lawsuit on her behalf.

"It’s a hidden problem a lot of the time but when it comes out I think it’s important that it be addressed," says Steven Brown the Executive Director of the ACLU of Rhode Island.

Borrelli says she isn’t asking for much, just to be compensated for her losses and get the raise she asked for.

"If you’re doing the exact same job whether your younger, older, a female, male you should be paid equally," she says.

A spokesperson for Newport Grand Casino says they won’t comment on personnel issues.

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