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Muscogee Co. Sheriff John Darr back in court after gender discrimination trial

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Women account for more than half the workforce in the United States but reports show women still make more than 20 percent less than men.

As two Muscogee County female employees continue their lawsuit against Sheriff John Darr, News Leader 9 investigates discrimination in the workplace and how it's affecting people around the country.

Racial and gender discrimination are the top reported forms of workplace harassment in the United States.

The issue hits close to home, with Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr being found guilty of gender discrimination when promoting employees.

A new study shows that the male-female pay gap is still wide; in fact, gender-based wage disparity has barely improved in a decade.

Mona Gibson, a non-profit executive, believes it's because women aren't speaking up.

"As women, probably as southern women, we're just not taught or think that we can ask for what we would like; whether it's a different title, a different salary - different benefits," says Mona Gibson. "All sorts of things that you can negotiate and it's ok to ask."

In 2010, female full-time workers made only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men; that's a wage gap of 23 percent.

In June, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant voiced what he believes is the cause of America's education problems. 

"I think when both parents started working, and the mom is in the workplace, it's not a bad thing, I'm going to get in trouble, I can see the emails tomorrow," Bryant proclaimed.

Census figures by the Pew Research Center show women are the main earners in four of 10 households.

The two female employees at the Muscogee County Jail are now suing for $23,000 in back pay, plus, promotions and attorney's fees. If they aren't promoted, the current lieutenants want a five percent raise in place of the promotion.

Calls to Sheriff Darr about the upcoming hearing have not been returned. A federal court hearing is scheduled for November 18.

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