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Bangor psychologist, school committee member suing Northern Light Health and Acadia Hospital claiming unequal pay

Mundell also accuses the hospital of unlawful retaliation for her opposition to her unequal pay.
Mundell's lawyers say she earned $50 an hour.
Mundell's lawyers say she earned $50 an hour.(WABI)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 7:58 PM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A Bangor psychologist and school committee member is suing Northern Light Health and Acadia Hospital for unequal pay and sex discrimination.

Doctor Clare Mundell’s lawyers say after nearly two years on the job, Mundell found out she was being paid about half of what the men in her department earned.

She earned $50 an hour.

Her lawyers say the men made $90 to $95 an hour.

Mundell also accuses the hospital of unlawful retaliation for her opposition to her unequal pay.

Dr. Mundell commented: “I am hopeful that this case will bring awareness to the widespread problem of gender-based pay disparities at Acadia Hospital, Northern Light Health, and across the state of Maine. And that it will encourage honest conversations among colleagues about what they are paid for their work.”

Northern Light Health officials deny the allegations saying “Northern Light Health and Northern Light Acadia Hospital adamantly deny the allegations made in Clare Mundell, Ph.D.’s complaint and her counsel’s press release. Neither the complaint nor the media release tells the whole story. It is patently false to say that Acadia Hospital has a “practice of paying female employees much less than their male colleagues” and it is also untrue that there is a widespread problem of gender-based pay disparity at Acadia Hospital or any of Northern Light Health’s other facilities. Northern Light Health is committed to treating all of its employees, regardless of gender, or any other protected class fairly and equitably as it works to provide top-quality care to the people of Maine. In a time where all valuable resources are currently focused on the effort to fight the COVID-19 surge in our state, it is disappointing that Dr. Mundell has chosen to take advantage of this crisis situation to obtain publicity for her lawsuit. Northern Light Health and Acadia Hospital plan to vigorously defend against Dr. Mundell’s lawsuit, and look forward to the opportunity to provide an accurate account of the facts of this case during the course of the litigation.”

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