EPA goes both ways
In 2011, female employees of Nassau County, New York sued the county for unequal wages under the Equal Pay Act (EPA). The case ended in a settlement, and the Nassau County women were awarded $8 million.
Flash forward to present day, and the male workers of Nassau County are now suing under the EPA – saying they are receiving lower wages than women in similar positions.
Nassau County attempted to have the case dismissed – saying they already went through this 2 years ago, and they shouldn’t be in court over it again. The court disagreed, though – their argument basically saying, what’s good for the goose doesn’t preclude a similar suit from the gander.
The moral here is: If you adjust wages to satisfy a particular group’s EPA concerns – you better make sure that doesn’t create wage disparity for another.