BSO Flutist Says Orchestra Paying Her Less Than Male Counterparts

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Elizabeth Rowe, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's principal flute player, says the BSO is paying her significantly less than her male counterparts.

Rowe said she makes about $70,000 a year less than her male colleagues, despite being featured as a star performer and showcased as a soloist at the BSO. She's been with the orchestra since 2004.

When she complained after the law was passed, Rowe says the BSO retaliated, not allowing her to speak about her experiences on a national special about gender equity with Katie Couric. Now, Rowe is suing under the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act, passed in 2016--which mandates that employers pay men and women the same for similar work.

Rowe is asking for a jury trial. The BSO said it can't comment because it has not been served.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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