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New Jersey Leads the Fight for Pay Equity

Posted April 12th, 2019 by in Employment Discrimination.

When it comes to workplace discrimination, your rights often depend on the state where you work.  That’s because states can pass laws that offer even stronger protections for employees than federal law.  Last year, New Jersey did just that when it passed what may be the broadest pay equity law in the nation, the Diane […]

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Court Orders Government to Collect Data That May Shed Light on Pay Discrimination

Posted March 11th, 2019 by in Employment Discrimination.

The devil is in the details. In this case, the details are pay data collected by the United States government in an attempt to quantify, if possible, gender or racial discrepancies in pay. With this in mind, during the Obama administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) decided to improve the quality of the pay […]

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The Legal Profession has a Uniquely Disturbing Gender Disparity in Job Satisfaction

Posted December 5th, 2018 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Researchers at Vanderbilt Law School have found an alarming disparity in the job satisfaction rates between recent male and female law graduates, as detailed in a forthcoming research paper in the Marquette Law Review. The researchers discovered that “recently graduated female lawyers are 19 percentage points less likely to state that they are very satisfied […]

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Moving Towards Pay Equity Without Salary History

Posted October 8th, 2018 by in Employment Discrimination.

Over the past few years, there has been a movement to restrict employers from inquiring into the salary histories of prospective employees. The rationale for this prohibition is clear: certain jobs and workers have historically been underappreciated and underpaid; consequently, workers in these jobs are anchored to lower starting salaries. If employers can ask about […]

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Female Breadwinners: Sorry Not Sorry

New Census Bureau research, comparing the amount of money couples report to the Census with “true” earnings from IRS tax records, shows a surprising result: when women in different-sex couples earn more than their male spouses, “[h]usbands say they earn more than they are and wives underreport their income.” Both spouses exaggerate the man’s earnings […]

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New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act is One of the Strongest Equal Pay Laws in the Country

Posted April 30th, 2018 by in Employment Discrimination.

The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act takes effect on July 1, 2018, giving New Jersey one of the strongest equal pay laws in the country and permitting plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases to recover substantial damages. The Act is not limited to gender, but protects all employees from pay discrimination based on that individual’s […]

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Evidence-Based: Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in Medicine Are Well-Established; It’s Time to Use the Law to Cure the Profession

Posted March 7th, 2018 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

When will #MeToo come to medicine? While high-profile cases of sexual misconduct have rocked individual medical institutions—Yale in 2014 and 2015; USC in 2017; and Michigan State this year—the profession has escaped the level of public scrutiny sweeping entertainment, media, academia, and politics. And it’s not for lack of evidence. A study appearing in the […]

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Recognizing GOOD Guys

Posted January 16th, 2018 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

The past few years, and particularly the past few months, have been a very interesting time to be a gender discrimination lawyer focusing on gender issues, particularly in the legal profession. We have been having a national conversation about pay equity, and every day more women lawyers are asking questions about the fairness of their […]

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California Tackles Pay Discrimination in Employment by Banning Inquiries into Past Compensation

Posted November 9th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Beginning January 1, 2018, employers in California may no longer inquire into prospective employees’ compensation history. The goal of this measure is to reduce the substantial gaps in pay for female and minority employees. On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 168 into law. The Bill adds a new section containing several important […]

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To Close the Gender Wage Gap, Close the Information Gap

Posted September 25th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Equal pay for equal work has been the law in the United States for over 50 years. Both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibit employers from paying women less than men for equal work. When Congress passed these important protections in the 1960s, women […]

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