Teen’s wage disparity at pizza shop fires up equal-pay debate

Seventeen-year-old Jensen Walcott of Bonner Springs is making a national splash over equal pay after being let go from her job at a pizza place an hour after she was hired.

A manager of Pizza at the Legends in Kansas City, Kan., fired her after Walcott compared her salary to that of a male co-worker and friend and discovering she was earning 25 cents less per hour than he was for doing the same job with the same amount of work experience.

When she called the shop back to ask about the discrepancy, she was let go for breaking company policy and discussing wages.

The manager has since been let go and Pizza Studio has apologized, but Walcott’s story has touched off a heated discussion about persistent pay inequality in the American workplace. Walcott has conducted numerous magazine interviews and even a received a tweet from Hillary Clinton.

Pizza Studios issued a statement to media outlets saying it did not agree with how its female manager handled the situation, noting that “gender did not play a role in determination of either salary.”

Read more: Kansas City Star

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