Posts Tagged ‘Pay Equity’

EEOC Equal Pay Enforcement on the Rise

EEOC Equal Pay Enforcement on the Rise

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is not letting up on pay equity enforcement, as recent activity demonstrates. Two new gender-based discrimination lawsuits were filed by the federal agency in Maryland last month. In one of the cases, EEOC v Davis & Davis Enterprise, Inc., the federal agency alleges that a security guard firm pays…

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Get to Know Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

Get to Know Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. The PayParitySM Post is featuring some of these laws to provide insight into trends in pay equity compliance requirements as more of these laws are considered by states, counties, and municipalities. In this post, we look at Colorado’s Equal Pay…

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Law Firm Subject of Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

Law Firm Subject of Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

Even law firms and attorneys are not immune to equal pay issues. Six lawyers from Jones Day have filed a class-action lawsuit alleging an array of gender discrimination claims against the law firm, including pay discrimination, sexual harassment, and stifled advancement. Current plaintiffs and former employees Nilab Rahyar Tolton and Andrea Mazingo, in addition to…

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Minimum Wages Are Increasing Across America

Minimum Wages Are Increasing Across America

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a point of announcing that he raised the minimum wage for staffers working on his campaign to $15 an hour to make a statement. One might argue that this makes Sanders a trendsetter among his Democratic colleagues seeking the party’s nomination for president. However, it can be argued just as…

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Campaign to Close the Gender Gap Underway in California [UPDATE]

More States and Cities Passing Salary History Bans [UPDATE]

Gap, Intel, Cisco and First Capitol are among the 14 companies to take the California Pay Equity Pledge, bringing the total number of companies to 27, according to a press release issued by the Office of California Governor Newsom. Other companies who have signed on to the pledge include Apple, Uber, AT&T, Square, Zynga, Salesforce…

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A Pay Equity Audit Can Protect Organizations

A Pay Equity Audit Can Protect Organizations

A pay equity audit identifies pay differences between employees that cannot be explained due to job-related factors. It is a multi-disciplinary effort that requires extensive domain knowledge expertise in labor law across various jurisdictions, such as econometrics, statistics and statistical modeling, workforce data management, and knowledge of regulatory audit processes by agencies such as the…

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How an Equal Pay Case in the U.K. Could Affect Your Organization

How an Equal Pay Case in the U.K. Could Affect Your Organization

A court case in the U.K. could eventually have significant ramifications for employers in the U.S. The court case involves an equal pay claim brought forth by female employees of retail firm Asda, one of Britain’s leading retailers serving millions of customers through its U.K. network of stores and online services, including supercenters, superstores, supermarkets,…

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More States and Cities Passing Salary History Bans [UPDATE]

More States and Cities Passing Salary History Bans [UPDATE]

Progress to close the gender wage gap in the U.S. continues to spread. Some state, county, and local governments have joined the initiative to close the gender pay gap by passing legislation prohibiting employers from inquiring into candidate salary histories. Below are the latest to take action: Alabama: On June 11, 2019, Alabama signed an…

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Organizations Need to Take These Steps to Address Equal Pay

Organizations Need to Take These Steps to Address Equal Pay

The possible consequences for failing to comply with theEqual Pay Act and related state and local legislation are becoming more and more costly. If you are like most employers, you are behind in the effort to achieve pay equity within your organization. Many employers are starting to recognize that the movement to obtain equal pay…

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Ireland to Require Employers to Publish Gender Pay Gap Information

Ireland to Require Employers to Publish Gender Pay Gap Information

Members of the Irish government have submitted legislation the national parliament to amend the Employment Equality Act 1998 to provide greater transparency into the country’s gender wage gap. Similar to current regulation in the UK, the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2019 will require employers with 250 employees or more to comply with the new…

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Disney Accused of Violating California Equal Pay Act

Disney Accused of Violating California Equal Pay Act

Two female employees of The Walt Disney Company have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that the entertainment giant has violated the state’s equal pay act by paying their male colleagues more for doing similar work. Andrus Anderson, the San Francisco law firm representing the…

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Pay Equity Affects Us All

Pay Equity Affects Us All

Employers are being challenged by the growth in the number of pay equity laws and regulations being approved by state, regional, and local governments across the country. Entire states have been passing similar laws to help combat the pay disparities that exist between men and women as well as between employees of different races and…

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How Some States and Localities Are Expanding the Definition of “Protected Class”

How Some States and Localities Are Expanding the Definition of “Protected Class”

The definition of “protected class”—groups of people that share a common, legally protected characteristic—is in a state of expansion. New state laws and municipal ordinances provide insight into how we may see “protected classes” continue to develop. The question of who falls into a protected class (sometimes referred to as “protected group”) is determined by…

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Gender Pay Gap Can Limit Career Advancement for Women

Gender Pay Gap Can Limit Career Advancement for Women

A report from the ADP Research Institute found that women entering jobs at lower pay than their male peers may find their career advancement limited. The reason? Companies fear that promoting these women employees may reveal a pattern of significant disparity in total compensation when compared to their more highly compensated male peers. The report,…

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South Carolina Pay Equity Bill Under Consideration

South Carolina Pay Equity Bill Under Consideration

South Carolina state legislators are considering a bill that, if passed, would be the first to bolster all of the protections of the federal Equal Pay Act. The proposed bill, “An Act to Establish Pay Equity,” asserts that South Carolina has one of the largest pay gaps in the nation. A 2017 study from the…

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EEOC Promotes Equal Pay Enforcement Activities

EEOC Promotes Equal Pay Enforcement Activities

For Equal Pay Day this year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an update on its enforcement activity, highlighting on the penalty assessments for the 2018 FY. In particular, the EEOC stated that for the 2018 FY, the agency collected nearly $15 million from cases involving equal pay violations: $10.5 million for resolving administrative…

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It’s Time for Equal Pay in America

It’s Time for Equal Pay in America

If you see red today, it’s not by accident. Women across the country are being encouraged to wear red today, Equal Pay Day, as a reminder of the significant gender wage gap that exists in America. The National Committee on Pay Equity, a coalition that has been working to eliminate sex-and race-based wage discrimination and…

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Democrats Push for Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act [UPDATE]

Democrats Push for Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have reintroduced and passed the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA). Will 2019 be the year we see the bill become law? It just may be. Hoping to capitalize on their majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats have introduced the PFA for the eleventh time and passed the legislation…

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Get to Know New Jersey’s Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act

Get to Know New Jersey’s Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. The PayParitysm Post is featuring some of these laws to provide insight into trends in pay equity compliance requirements as more of these laws are considered by states, counties, and municipalities. In this post, we look at New Jersey’s Diane…

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Get to Know the San Francisco Equal Pay Ordinance

Get to Know the San Francisco Equal Pay Ordinance

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. The PayParity Post is featuring some of these laws to provide insight into trends in pay equity compliance requirements as more of these laws are considered by states, counties, and municipalities. In this post, we are looking at San Francisco’s…

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Wage Gap Not Diminishing in Quest for Equal Pay

Wage Gap Not Diminishing in Quest for Equal Pay

Women are not gaining ground in the effort to achieve equal pay, and they may be falling behind in the U.S. However, the trends point to the effort to provide equal pay for women to be successful. It’s only a matter of time. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that despite efforts put…

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Get to Know Oregon’s Equal Pay Act of 2017

Get to Know Oregon’s Equal Pay Act of 2017

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. The PayParity Post is featuring some of these laws to provide insight into trends in pay equity compliance requirements as more of these laws are considered by states, counties, and municipalities. In this post, we are looking at Oregon’s Equal…

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OFCCP Lawsuit Against Oracle Highlights the Financial Risk of Not Complying with Equal Pay Regulations

OFCCP Lawsuit Against Oracle Highlights the Financial Risk of Not Complying with Equal Pay Regulations

The pay discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFFCP) against tech giant Oracle is back in the news after the federal agency sought leave to file an amendment to the original complaint. At risk are $100 million in federal government contracts that the OFFCP is asking…

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Get to Know San Diego’s Equal Pay Ordinance

Get to Know San Diego’s Equal Pay Ordinance

Several states and cities are passing laws to further bolster the federal Equal Pay Act. The PayParity Post is featuring some of these laws to provide insight into trends in pay equity compliance requirements as more of these laws are considered by states, counties, and municipalities. In this post, we are looking at the city…

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Equal Pay Laws Creating Patchwork of Regulatory Requirements

Equal Pay Laws Creating Patchwork of Regulatory Requirements

The push for equal pay is becoming a global initiative. It could be argued that the U.S. is playing catch-up both on the global stage and at home, where states and cities are moving assertively to address the equal pay issue. As with any issue where state and local governments start taking the initiative, as…

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California’s New Salary History Ban Is Signed into Law

With the signing into law of bill AB 2282 by Governor Jerry Brown, California continues to take an aggressive stance towards achieving the goal of equal pay for all workers, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. The new law amends the existing state salary history ban which came into effect January 1, 2018 (AB 168).…

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More States and Cities Banning Salary History Inquiries [UPDATE]

More States and Cities Banning Salary History Inquiries

It’s an unfortunate truth that pay disparities continue to exist in the U.S. workforce. The good news is that we are moving towards a future that is correcting that issue. Over the last two years, in an effort to alleviate the pay disparity between men and women across the U.S., some state,county and local governments…

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Uber Settlement Highlights How Pay Equity Issues Can Linger

Uber Settlement Highlights How Pay Equity Issues Can Linger

Uber is one of several tech titans to find itself on the wrong side of pay equity disputes with employees. Uber earlier this year agreed to a $10 million settlement to address a pay discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit dating back to October 2017 involving two former and one current Latina engineer Uber employees. The…

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New Jersey Issues New Equal Pay Forms and Instructions

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The state of New Jersey has issued two new pay equity reporting forms to be filed by any employer, regardless of location, that enters into a contract with a public body to provide qualifying services or public work. The Annual Equal Pay Report for Qualifying Services Other than Public Works Projects form applies to employers…

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Lawsuit Charges Nike with Systematic Pay Inequality

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Pay discrimination, sexual harassment, and biased performance evaluations have called into question the corporate cultures of some of the world’s biggest organizations. Nike has surfaced as yet another company under fire, accused of not providing its employees with equal pay. On August 9, Kelly Cahill and Sara Johnston, two former Nike employees, filed a lawsuit…

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Data Quality is Critical to Addressing Pay Equity Issues. Just Ask Uber.

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A recent report by the National Bureau of Economic Research into pay differences between men and women Uber drivers demonstrated how having the right type and amount of data can lead to helpful research findings. National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to conducting economic research and to disseminating…

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Minimum Wage Increase for More California Cities

Minimum Wage Increase for More California Cities

Beginning July 1, 2018, the minimum wage will change for many people working in California. As part of California’s statewide initiative to increase the minimum wage, Emeryville, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Milpitas, Pasadena, San Francisco, Santa Monica, and San Leandro will see increases in their minimum wages. In locations such as Emeryville, the wage…

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California Continues to Map the Frontier of Pay Equity

In the absence of federal legislative activity addressing pay equity, states continue to take matters into their own hands. (See my blog on the federal Paycheck Fairness Act here). Few states are as proactive as California. With three new bills passing the Senate and Assembly in June, the Golden State aims to tackle various elements…

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As Summer Approaches, So Do New State Pay Equity Regulations

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As summer 2018 approaches, so does a host of new pay equity laws in several states. Beginning June 7, Washington state will prohibit pay discrimination for employees who are “similarly employed.” The law specifically states that job titles are not enough to substantiate a wage gap between men and women. It’s about the type of…

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New Jersey Governor Signs New Pay Equity Legislation into Law

New Jersey Governor Signs New Pay Equity Legislation into Law

In 1945, a member of the New Jersey state assembly named Dr. James O. Hill oversaw a radical change in his state’s legal landscape. Dr. Hill sponsored the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”), one of the nation’s first comprehensive anti-discrimination laws. The overarching goal of LAD, as noted by the New Jersey Supreme Court,…

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Expect More Pay Equity Changes in 2018 [Update]

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Washington State has become the latest state to sign into law legislation that bolsters pay equity requirements for employees starting in june. The new law prohibits pay discrimination based on gender between employees who are “similarly employed,” and prohibits retaliation for certain workplace discussions that ask employees to disclose their wages. The state added a…

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Expect More Salary History Bans in 2018 [UPDATE]

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The issue of equal pay and pay protections for women and minorities has been gaining attention across the globe. At issue is the disparity in how pay is determined for men and women, and this that issue is addressed by employers. This study conducted by compensation software company Payscale of its users is revealing: •…

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Expect More Salary History Bans in 2018

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The issue of equal pay and pay protections for women and minorities has been gaining momentum. In the past few months, new pay equity laws went into effect in various parts of the country. More are expected to follow in 2018. In New York State, the Albany County Legislature unanimously passed a salary history ban…

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Google Fends Off Allegations of Pay Discrimination, For Now

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Google has fended off a lawsuit claiming that women employees at the company are paid less than their male counterparts. A California Superior Court judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by three former female former employees on behalf of women employed by Google in California over the past four years because the complaint was too broad.…

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