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Equal Pay Act

Bill Number: S-1409

Public Law Number: 88-38

Enacted - Signed by the President

Once the president signs a bill, it becomes a law.

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An act to prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.

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This bill is an amendment to the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Wage differences cannot be based on gender

This bill prohibits employers from paying two people differently based on their gender.

The jobs must require equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and be performed under similar working conditions. the employer isn't allowed to reduce the salary of the higher payed worker for the purpose of complying with the law.

Exemptions are allowed if wages are based on "(i) a seniority system; (ii) a merit system; (iii) a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production; or (iv) a differential based on any other factor other than sex."

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For more, visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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