Women can get paid less than men based on difference in previous salary, rules US federal court

The decision overturned a previous lower-court ruling, according to which pay differences based only on prior salaries were discriminatory under the country’s Equal Pay Act

A US federal appeals court has ruled that employers are legally allowed to pay women lower salaries than men for doing the same work, based on differences in the workers’ salaries in previous jobs.

According to the Associated Press, the decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a previous lower-court ruling, according to which pay differences based only on prior salaries were discriminatory under the country’s Equal Pay Act.

That’s because women’s earlier salaries are likely to be lower than men’s because of gender bias, US Magistrate Judge Michael Seng said in a 2015 decision, according to AP.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit cited a 1982 ruling by the court that said employers could use previous salary information as long as they applied it reasonably and had a business policy that justified it.

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Source: Independent, 30 April 2017, from http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/women-paid-less-men-previous-salary-us-federal-court-ninth-circuit-california-equal-pay-act-a7706811.html