EPA is good for goose and gander

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.

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