Firm Partner Dina M. Mastellone was quoted in an article about the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is entitled “Latest Congressional Action Putting Employer Pay Practices Under Scrutiny,” in the latest issue of HR Daily Advisor. The proposed legislation, which was passed by the House and is awaiting a Senate vote, would prohibit employers from asking about job applicants’ salaries or retaliating against employees who compare wages, and make it easier for employees to file class-action lawsuits over pay discrimination.
Ms. Mastellone said that employers should remember that equal pay for equal work already is the law under both the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, even if no new federal legislation is passed. Ms. Mastellone discussed the importance of conducting privileged pay equity reviews with legal counsel, immediately correcting unfair or discriminatory pay differentials, and reviewing and updating employment applications and interviewing procedures to help employers avoid pay discrimination liability. She also suggested that employers ask job candidates about their salary expectations instead of their salary history.
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