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A former California TV news anchor is suing the outlet she worked for, claiming she made significantly less than her male co-anchor, in violation of the law.
Sandra Maas has filed a lawsuit in San Diego alleging that KUSI paid her $90,000 a year less than her co-anchor Allen Denton, who she worked with for years.
'It's humiliating to share everything that happened to me but I'm hoping to make a difference for other women in the workplace,' Maas told CBS 8 San Diego.
Maas originally filed the lawsuit in 2019, just a week after departing KUSI.
Lawyers for the woman allege the station violated California's Equal Pay Act which forbids pay inequality for employees who do 'substantially similar work.'
Sandra Maas (left) claims San Diego's KUSI news paid her nearly $100,000 less than her male co-anchor Allen Denton
Maas, seen here outside the courthouse, originally sought $10 million in damages
Maas is suing the McKinnon Broadcasting Co., KUSI's operator, for unspecified damages for past and future lost wages, past and future mental and emotional distress as well as punitive damages.
At the time of the initial filing, however, Maas asked for $10 million.
Maas and her attorney, Josh Gruenberg, allege the TV station broke California labor and pay fairness laws by paying her less than Denton.
'Under the Equal Pay Act, as amended effective January 1, 2019, an employer may not justify any pay difference between employees of the opposite sex, or employees of different race or ethnicity based on an employee's prior salary,' California's Department of Industrial Relations states.
Denton and Maas were co-anchors of the KUSI nightly news for nearly 10 years until she left the station in 2019.
Sandra Maas and her lawyer claim KUSI violated California's Equal Pay Act
According to the Times of San Diego, KUSI is arguing that Denton earned his $250,000 a year salary and Maas was a 'slacker who slammed her workplace.'
'For at least the last few years of her tenure as a KUSI news anchor, Maas was not a good team member or a dedicated journalist,' said the KUSI trial brief.
'She worked far fewer