Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Teens Spoke about Equal Pay at Democratic Convention

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Teens Spoke about Equal Pay at Democratic Convention

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two Bonner Springs teens addressed the Democratic National Convention, recalling how they had been fired in June after asking why one had been paid 25 cents an hour less than the other for the same job at the same restaurant.

Jensen Walcott and Jake Reed, both 17, took their story of wage discrimination to the convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, The Kansas City Star reported.

"Last month I was just applying for a job, and now we're here," Reed said Wednesday when they arrived in Philadelphia. "It's absolutely ridiculous. We're so baffled."

Issues arose this month after Walcott and Reed found summer jobs at a pizza restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas. When Jensen asked why she was going to earn $8 an hour while Reed was set to earn $8.25 for the same job with the same amount of work experience, a female manager fired both of the 17-year-olds. …

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