Appeals Court Hands Down Major Equal Pay Win

Yesterday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is illegal for employers to consider a woman’s previous salary when determining pay for her new job, as it perpetuates pay discrimination between men and women. The groundbreaking decision came the day before the national Equal Pay Day, which marks the point into 2018 that women must work on average to earn the same amount earned by men in just 2017. The case was brought by a California teacher who learned in 2012 that she was earning thousands of dollars less than her male colleagues. In 2009, when she initially took the job in Fresno County, the policy of the superintendent was to add 5 percent to the previous salary of all new hires. But the 11-judge panel unanimously determined that this practice is inherently discriminatory under the Equal Pay Act due to the fact that previous salaries could have been the result of gender bias, thus the new salary perpetuates a cycle of underpaying women for the same work as men. This decision overturns the one reached by a 3-judge panel of the same court. The Fresno County superintendent says he will appeal to the Supreme Court. “Employers […]

Read more at: Feminist Newswire – Feminist Majority Foundation Blog

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