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Fed Court-Women Can't be Paid Less Based on Previous Salary

Women can't be paid less based on previous salary

San Francisco--The Associated Press reported yesterday on the 9th Circuit Court's unanimous ruling.

Relying on a woman's previous salary to determine her pay for a new job perpetuates disparities in the wages of men and women and is illegal when it results in higher pay for men, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The unanimous ruling by an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came in a lawsuit filed by a California school employee who learned over lunch with colleagues in 2012 that she made thousands of dollars less than her male counterparts.

The 9th Circuit held that pay differences based on prior salaries are inherently discriminatory under the federal Equal Pay Act because the previous salaries were the result of gender bias.

This ruling appears to support California's new law banning employers from asking for salary histories during the hiring process.

Read the full article, here.



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