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Court reinstates suit against NC’s Family Dollar

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit against North Carolina-based Family Dollar that says female managers were paid less than male store managers.

The Charlotte Observer reported a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., overturned a Charlotte judge’s order that had effectively ended the case.

An attorney representing about 50 store managers says the Matthews-based company discriminates against female managers.

Attorney Roberts Wiggins says pay discrepancies between male and female store managers averaged about $2,500 a year, about 10 percent of their pay.

Family Dollar has asked the full appeals court consider the case.

Attorneys for both sides say the case could end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Family Dollar operates about 7,500 stores.