• US and UK Changes in Pay Equity Laws Call for Employers to Look Internally to Avoid Discrimination Claims
  • August 17, 2018 | Author: Kristine Maher
  • Law Firm: Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP - Washington Office
  • Although the Equal Pay Act and Title VII have been the laws of the land since the 1960s, social and political discourse focusing on gender inequality, such as the “Me Too” movement, have returned attention to the gender pay gap in the United States.

    Several states have passed or are considering legislation prohibiting employers from asking prospective employees to disclose their salary data before extending an offer of employment. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently interpreted the Equal Pay Act to prohibit employers from using prior salary as a justification for paying women less than men for the same work. Across the pond, the United Kingdom took another step this year in efforts to end the gender pay gap by requiring larger companies to disclose their gender pay gap to the government and to publish a gender pay gap report on their websites.

    In their article for Bloomberg Law, Eversheds Sutherland attorneys Gail Westover, Kristine Maher and Elizabeth Graves discuss why employers in the US and the UK should review their compensation policies in light of both countries’ intensifying focus on gender pay gaps.