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.READ MORE: Wellfleet Police Investigating Fatal Crash
This week Rowe told The Washington Post that her motivation for the suit is to see fairness and equality in classical music.READ MORE: Reports: Tom Brady 'Non-Committal' On Future, 'Possible' He Retires After Season
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.MORE NEWS: Jimmy Garoppolo's 49ers Shock Aaron Rodgers' Packers To Earn Spot In NFC Title Game
Rowe hopes an agreement in mediation will resolve the conflict.