The former head of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the city of Detroit, saying she was paid nearly $100,000 less than several male predecessors.

Pamela Turner said in the lawsuit that she resigned in September after her repeated efforts to address the salary disparity went nowhere. Turner, who served as interim director and director of the department beginning in September 2008, said she initially was paid $130,000 annually as interim director and her salary eventually was bumped up to $155,000.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, said previous water department heads were paid $240,000 to $250,000 annually.

There was no immediate comment from the city.

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