Today the Massachusetts Attorney General issued a long-awaited compliance guidance to help employers prepare for the effective date of the Act to Establish Pay Equity, which amends the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act ("MEPA"), and which goes into effect on July 1, 2018. A copy of the 30-page guidance can be found by clicking here. To see prior WLG blog posts discussing the amended MEPA, click here.
Employment Law For Individuals | Pay Inequality
Pay or compensation discrimination occurs when employees performing similar work do not receive similar remuneration. Pay discrimination also occurs when a pay differential has an illegitimate basis such as race or sex. Pay discrimination based on an employee's membership in a protected category like race, disability, or sex, is prohibited by antidiscrimination laws. Unfortunately, the data throughout the country shows that pay inequality exists across a broad range of industries and occupations. A variety of statutes exist at the state and federal level to prevent and remedy pay inequality.