Trial Scheduled in Mason City Schools Discrimination Lawsuit

A trial has been scheduled in 2020 in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a former school district official in northern Iowa.

Mason City Schools’ former human resources director Jodie Anderson filed the lawsuit in July, alleging that men employed by the district were being paid more than women for the same categories of work when she examined salary structures in 2015.

The lawsuit says that despite receiving “outstanding reviews and received compliments” for her job performance, Anderson’s wage was frozen at $87,550.

The school district argued in a response that Anderson received more than $7,500 in excess pay without board approval, confirmed by a state re-audit.

Cerro Gordo County court records say the trial is set to begin Jan. 7, 2020.