Equal Pay Act

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Extended Stay Hotels Will Pay $75,800 to Settle EEOC Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

Hotel Paid Women Less Than Male Employees, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Extended Stay Hotels will pay $75,800 and provide significant equitable relief to settle a pay discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S....more

Different pay for unequal jobs ‘ok’

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) prohibits sex-based discrimination in pay and benefits. Employers should not pay different wages to employees of the opposite sex for substantially equal work. “Substantially equal” work does...more

New Jersey Gender Equity Notice Now Available In Spanish, And With Draft Acknowledgment

As we reported in the December 10, 2013 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) recently made available the gender equity notice. Effective January 6, 2014, the gender equity notice must...more

Trends In N.J. Whistleblowing And Retaliation Law – 2013 Roundup

2013 was a busy year for whistleblowing and retaliation law in New Jersey. This blog post summarizes noteworthy statutory and judicial developments for employers to consider in the new year....more

New Jersey Law Now Requires Employers to Post and Notify Employees of Gender Equity Laws

New Jersey employers now have important new compliance responsibilities related to the 2012 amendments to the New Jersey Equal Pay Act. Effective January 6, 2014, employers must provide notice to employees of their right to...more

New Jersey Employers: Gender Equity Notice Requirements Effective Now

On January 6, 2014, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) published the long-awaited gender equity notice and accompanying regulations. Back in September 2012, the New Jersey Legislature amended...more

Gender Equity Notice Must Be Posted By Covered New Jersey Employers By January 6, 2014

Federal and State Law prohibit discrimination in pay, compensation, benefits, or other terms, conditions or privileges of employment based on one’s sex. See Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Dismissing Plaintiff’s Wage Discrimination Claims

The Sixth Circuit recently upheld a district court’s grant of summary judgment dismissing a female plaintiff’s wage discrimination claims under the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”), Title VII, and Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights...more

Did An Employer Inflate Its Worker’s Performance Deficiencies as a Pretext for Disability Bias? Mass. Court Says Maybe

On November 4, 2013, in Akerson v. Pritzker, No. 12-10240-PBS, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts rejected the race discrimination and Equal Pay Act claims brought by a former employee of the U.S....more

The Pay Gap, The Glass Ceiling, And Pay Bias: Moving Forward 50 Years After The Equal Pay Act

I. Introduction - When the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) became law in 1963, women earned approximately 59 cents for every dollar a man earned. Women today are earning roughly 80 cents on the dollar. While the past 50 years...more

Equal Pay Act

Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: Virtually all employers with employees of the opposite sex are subject to the Equal Pay Act (EPA). What is the rule: Employers cannot pay one sex higher wages than the other for...more

Four positive signs for employers on the legal front

In the last few weeks, there have been encouraging developments, from judge and jury alike, for employers fending off claims by disgruntled workers. New York jury finds in favor of employer on gender discrimination and...more

The Sixth Circuit Invalidates Shortened Limitations Period for FLSA and EPA Claims

In some jurisdictions, such as Michigan, an employer may be able to shorten the statute of limitations for an employee to file an employment discrimination lawsuit....more

Unconscious bias and subjective decision making, the practical and legal ramifications

On August 6, DLA Piper hosted a program addressing Unconscious Bias and Subjective Decision Making - The Practical and Legal Ramifications. Rachel Cowen and Margaret Keane, partners in DLA Piper's Employment practice,...more

Six-Month Limit on Claims under FLSA, Equal Pay Act Ruled as Invalid Waiver Says Sixth Circuit

Provisions in employment agreements that shorten the statute of limitations period for employees to file claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Equal Pay Act (EPA) are invalid, the Sixth Circuit ruled on August...more

Equal Pay Act 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago yesterday John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law....more

EEOC Sues Royal Tire for Pay Bias

Company Refused to Pay Female Employee What It Paid Her Male Predecessor, Federal Agency Charges - MINNEAPOLIS - Royal Tire, Inc., a transportation company with commercial and retail locations throughout the Midwest,...more

Equal Pay Act: Male employee's strong negotiating skills not a "factor other than sex" to justify pay differential

The Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying a female employee less than a male employee for work that requires substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility, and that is performed under similar working conditions...more

Equal Pay Act Signed 50 Years Ago Today

Despite 50 Years of Progress, Wage Gap Between Men and Women Still Exists, Gender-based Pay Discrimination an Enforcement Priority for EEOC - WASHINGTON - In the 50 years since President John F. Kennedy signed the...more

EEOC Diversity Luncheon: Discussions of Budget Hurdles and Enforcement Priorities with Hon. Jacqueline Berrien and Hon. Victoria...

When the Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Jacqueline A. Berrien, and EEOC Commissioner Victoria A. Lipnic sat down for an informal conversation regarding workplace diversity during the...more

EEOC Chair Issues Statement on Equal Pay Day 2013

WASHINGTON - Tuesday, April 9, 2013 is Equal Pay Day, the day that marks the end of the extra period of time that the average woman in the U.S. must work in order to earn what the average man earned during the previous year....more

Restaurant Industry Newsletter - April 2013: Help! I just received a Charge of Discrimination from the EEOC. What is it, and what...

If you just received a charge of discrimination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), you are not alone. During the EEOC's 2012 fiscal year, 99,412 charges of discrimination were filed. ...more

Settlement Of Equal Pay Act Claims By Female Workers Does Not Provide Complete Defense Against A Later Suit By Male Workers For...

Volpe v. Nassau County, No. 12-CV-2416 (JFB-AKT) (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 3, 2013): Male police and fire department employees brought suit against Nassau County alleging that they received lower wages than those paid to women...more

Recordkeeping Part I

Who does it apply to: In this edition, it varies according to the requirements of the particular law identified below. I am taking a short two-part break from my regular format to bring you the record keeping requirements...more

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