BANGOR — A lawsuit filed Tuesday by a Bangor psychologist says she was paid less than 60 percent as much as her male counterparts at a Bangor mental health hospital.
Attorneys for Dr. Clare Mundell, who is a member of the Bangor school committee, filed a civil rights law suit in U.S. Federal Court in Bangor Tuesday alleging Acadia Hospital and its parent company, Northern Light Health, practiced sex discrimination.
A spokeswoman for Northern Light Health and Northern Light Acadia Hospital said hospital officials deny the allegations leveled by Mundell.
A statement from Mundell’s attorney stated Mundell was paid $50 an hour while men who performed the same work were paid $90 to $95 per hour.
The hospital spokeswoman said the allegation women are paid far less than men at Acadia Hospital is “patently false.”
According a statement from Mundell’s attorneys, the hospital and its parent company retaliated against Mundell when she challenged the unequal pay.
The statement said when Mundell brought the pay difference to the attention of management, she was told they would continue to pay the men at the higher rate for three months to smooth the transition for the men.
The health care provider’s spokeswoman said the accurate facts will come out when the case gets to court.