Equal Pay Case Sheds Light on Defensible Pay Practices

A federal equal pay lawsuit in Iowa provides important data points for employers assessing their compensation practices. The case, Bertroche v. Mercy Physician Associates, Inc., 2019 WL 4307127, (N.D.Iowa, 2019), involved a class of female physicians who sued her former medical practice of over 20 years. The plaintiff class claimed that Mercy Physician Associates, Inc.…

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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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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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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 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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EEOC Sees Increase in Gender Pay Discrimination Cases

EEOC Sees Increase in Gender Pay Discrimination Cases

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released detailed statistics for the more than 76,000 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018. The EEOC reported in a press release that it resolved 90,558 charges of discrimination and secured $505 million for discrimination victims working…

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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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