Equal Pay

Delaware and Oregon have joined Massachusetts and other local jurisdictions (like New York City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh (currently in litigation)) by enacting laws that prohibit employers from inquiring about the salary histories of job applicants. Most of the provisions of Oregon’s Equal Pay Act of 2017 take effect on January 1, 2019, which gives employers time to focus on compliance. Delaware’s ban, however, takes effect on December 1, 2017, so those employers operating in Delaware need to act quickly to change their recruiting and related processes.
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In late March 2016, five star players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a complaint with the EEOC, alleging that they are paid 40% less than the U.S. men’s national soccer team. The women’s U.S. soccer team is currently ranked number one in the world and have won three World Cup championships (including in 2015) and four Olympic golds . . . and let’s just be kind and say the men’s team is not quite as successful. The women’s team even generates more revenue – $20 million more than the men’s team in 2015, yet the apparent pay disparity still exists. This claim comes at a key time when the issue of equal pay is making headlines and has become a hot-button issue in the presidential race. (more…)

Jennifer Lawrence may be Hollywood’s highest-paid actress, according to Forbes magazine. But in a recent essay published in Lena Dunham’s e-newsletter “Lenny Letter,” the Oscar-winner describes how she learned, through the 2014 Sony email hack, that she was paid less than her male co-stars in the 2013 film, “American Hustle.” The Los Angeles Times reported that Lawrence was paid only 7% of the film’s profits, while Bradley Cooper and two other male co-stars each earned 9%. (more…)