Star Flutist’s Gender-Pay Lawsuit Could Change Industry - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Dec 11, 2018
A star flutist in one of the most prominent orchestras in the country is suing over an approximately $70,000 difference in pay between her and a male colleague, testing Massachusetts’ new equal-pay law and potentially affecting women across the U.S. workforce. The Washington Post reports that Elizabeth Rowe, a 14-year veteran of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its principal flutist, is suing after attempting year after year to receive the same pay as her colleague, the orchestra’s principal oboist. BSO’s response to the suit is that the oboe is a more important instrument than the flute, and that there is a limited pool of great oboists as compared to flutists.