ND oil worker claims she was demoted and paid less for being a woman

Author:
Updated:
Original:

An oil field worker in North Dakota claims she was demoted and paid less than her male colleagues because she's a woman, and was threatened with the sack when she complained.

In a lawsuit filed by Cindy Marchello, of Utah, it says C&J Energy Services Inc. pulled her from her role as a pump operator in the Bakken oil fields after a client of the company told her boss he didn't like women working in the field, according to The Associated Press.

She was on track to make $120,000 a year, but was shifted to a desk job paying half as much, with her manager allegedly saying it was "too dangerous" and "too cold" for her in the field when she pleaded for her job back, reports note.

Business Wire reports that after being moved to her desk job, Marchello discovered she was being paid $2 an hour less than her male colleagues with the same experience and skills, and that she was not allowed to take any overtime.

The lawsuit was filed in federal district court Monday by Minneapolis-based Halunen Law, Business Wire says.

Complaint 'led to threats'

When she complained about this, she was allegedly told by a manager to "shut her mouth" if she wanted to keep her job.

She filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Bismarck Tribune reports, but after this received further verbal abuse, claiming one supervisor told her: "You will suffer a cruel, slow death at my hands."

She ended up resigning in October 2014 because she was "stressed and fearing for her health and well-being," the AP notes.

C&J Energy Services has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

Next Up

Northern Metals

Firefighters battling large blaze at Northern Metal site in Minneapolis

The fire sent a plume of thick smoke into the skyline.

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 12.10.00 PM

Charges: St. Cloud woman maced, fatally stabbed man in alley

A 36-year-old man was pronounced dead at St. Cloud Hospital 32 minutes after the 911 call was made.

gasthof

Gasthof's building in Northeast Minneapolis is for sale

The restaurant opened in 1992 and has been closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

ambulance

1 dead in single-vehicle crash in Kandiyohi County

Deaths on Minnesota roads are up approximately 20% from the same point last year.

Irwin Jacobs home

Neighbor sues to block estate from dividing billionaire's Lake Minnetonka property

The estate of Irwin Jacobs wants to build six new homes on the late businessman's property.

culver's

In the better burger battle, does Culver's trump In-N-Out?

A website says Culver's is far superior to In-N-Out.

George Floyd mural

Darnella Frazier, who filmed the video of Floyd's arrest, reacts to guilty verdict

Frazier's video challenged the initial narrative of Floyd's arrest presented by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Burnsville police shooting

Man fatally shot by police near I-35W in Burnsville is identified

The suspect killed in the incident is from western Wisconsin.

covid, vaccine

Mayo Clinic opens vaccine appointments to non-patients

After a rush for appointments, other vaccine providers are also reporting more open appointments.

Related