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What Employers Need to Know About Pay Equity and Salary History Bans

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Jul 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Equal pay for equal work is a hot topic for employers in 2019, partly because social movements have brought attention to gender pay imbalances in the workplace.

One of the bigger pay equity stories making headlines is the lawsuit brought on by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. The recent World Champions are asking for pay equal to the men’s team, which has the same responsibilities as the women’s team but fewer wins and less revenue. Chants of “equal pay” were heard at both the World Cup and the team’s recent victory parade in New York City.

Additionally, four women recently joined a major pay gap case against the Walt Disney Company, accusing the entertainment giant of gender discrimination at its Hollywood Records music label, its theme parks and other divisions. The complaint alleges that Disney routinely compensates women less than men, denies women promotions and classifies female employees in lower job titles that don’t match their qualifications.

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Topics: HR policies, wageandhour

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