What: Gender-Based Equal Pay Protections State-By-State in 2021
Why: 2021 marks 50 years following the landmark Supreme Court decision, Reed v. Reed, which invalidated an Idaho law that required the selection of a man over a woman to serve as administrator of an estate when both were equally qualified. The National Women’s Law Center notes that this case, where the woman challenging this law was supported by Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her time at the American Civil Liberties Union, marked the first time in history that the Court applied the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to strike down a law that discriminated against women.
Today, gender-based equal pay protections still vary state-to-state and employers are regularly challenged in court for unequal pay practices and sex-based discrimination. Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. has assembled a state-by-state breakdown of gender-based equal pay protections.
Who: Pamela Wolf, J.D., is a senior legal analyst at Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. who tracks and analyzes labor and employment issues including White House and federal agency developments, federal regulations, court decisions, state and federal legislation, and other trends impacting employee workplace protections. Pamela can discuss the different state and federal legislation in place to regulate equal pay in the workplace and guard against gender-based wage discrimination.
“Employers, especially those operating in multiple U.S. jurisdictions, must keep in mind that the federal ‘equal pay for equal worth’ standard always applies, but in some jurisdictions, employees have even greater protections against gender-based wage discrimination. Ten states have enacted laws applying an ‘equal pay for substantially similar work’ standard.”
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