A deputy Los Angeles city attorney is suing her employer, alleging she suffered a backlash after spending four years demanding equal pay for her and other female employees in her office.
Karen Majovski’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges gender discrimination, retaliation and failure to prevent discrimination, retaliation and harassment. She’s seeking unspecified damages in the suit filed Monday.
A representative for the City Attorney’s Office could not be immediately reached for comment.
Majovski, 34, has associated with other women within her office who also believe they are experiencing a pay disparity, according to her court papers.
Majovski was hired in May 2014 as a deputy city attorney in the workers’ compensation division. In November 2016, she had interviews for a position in the employment litigation division and was told, “You are a rising star in the City Attorney’s Office,” according to the suit.
Shortly after joining the division, Majovski says she complained about not being able to park in the building like the other attorneys and paralegals, leaving her concerned for her safety because she had to park blocks away.
Along with her parking concerns, Majovski had multiple discussions in 2017 with her boss about her rank within the office and what she perceived to be a pay disparity, according to the suit. She says she complained that newly hired attorneys were being paid at a higher salary than her because she had not been given a promotion.
After years of complaining of unequal pay given that she believed her performance level was that of a deputy city attorney lII, she was told in the spring of 2018 that she would be only given the level ll title and that there would be no retroactive pay, her suit states.
Majovski went on to other positions within the office and at times performed work normally given to attorneys two grades higher than her deputy city attorney ll ranking, according to her court papers.
“In fact, Majovski was doing more work than other higher paid attorneys in her office, but being paid much less,” the suit states. “All she was asking for was to be paid equivalent.”
Despite her persistence in seeking pay comparable for her work done and commensurate with her experience, four years later she is still seeking pay equity, the suit states.