U.S. Supreme Court Orders Restudy of Equal Pay Act

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ordered lower courts to restudy the scope of the Equal Pay Act, a 1963 federal law requiring employers to give men and women equal pay for equal work. This decision was based on a “states’ rights” argument claiming that in applying the Equal Pay Act at the state level, the federal courts violated the 11th amendment. The court’s order on the Equal Pay Act is both surprising and disappointing to feminists. Although not as comprehensive as the concept of pay equity, which provides equal pay for comparable work, the Equal Pay Act is still extremely important.


The Boston Globe - January 19, 2000

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