Is it legal to pay a woman a different salary than a man for equal work?

‘Equal pay for equal work,’ well it ought to be. And the operative word here is ought and it would appear that at least in one court in the United States  it ought not to be.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that it is OK  legal  to pay women a different salary for the same work as a man.  Yes, really!!  The Court overturned a lower-court ruling which had stated that pay differences based exclusively on prior salaries were discriminatory under the US federal Equal Pay Act.

To my mind this is a poor ruling. Long and short: let’s continue discrimination because someone else already started it. Where is the justice? Forget justice, where is the logic?



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About Ainsley Brown

Ainsley Brown is currently working as the Director of Trade, Regulatory, Analysis & Policy for the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) and is called to the Bar of Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada. His primary role is to provide technical advice on regulatory matters and trade matters to the CEO and team at JSEZA. He holds a LLM in International Commercial Law (with Merit) from the University of Westminster, having earned a diploma in law from London Metropolitan University and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Ainsley is the Administrator of Commercial Law International and has an avid interest in logistics, global value chains; economic development; trade; commercial awareness; green energy; rugby; etc.
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