BOSTON (CBS) – Principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe is aiming to come to terms with the Boston Symphony Orchestra before the equal pay lawsuit she filed against them turns into a court battle.

Rowe is suing the BSO for $200,000 in back pay. She says she was being paid $70,000 a year less than the male principal oboist because she’s a woman.

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This week Rowe told The Washington Post that her motivation for the suit is to see fairness and equality in classical music.

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The BSO told The Post that pay is different because the instruments are not comparable. They saw the limited pool of great oboists gives them leverage in negotiating pay.

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Rowe hopes an agreement in mediation will resolve the conflict.