Investigative journalist Birte Meier on her legal dispute with ZDF and how it feels to be the “Jeanne d’Arc of the wage gap”.
Birte Meier’s CV contains many stations. She worked as a reporter for the ZDF investigative magazine frontal 21, has received several awards for her research and was a fellow at the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles. And there is a long litigation with him in it ZDF: Since 2015, Birte Meier has been trying to convince German courts that the broadcaster paid her less than her male colleagues as a woman. In 2020, she won a victory that is significant beyond the media industry: The Federal Labor Court found that the Pay Transparency Act, according to which one can obtain information about the salaries in a company, also applies to employee-like employees. In a Berlin pastry shop, the 51-year-old tells how she became an investigative journalist on her own behalf.