By: Linda B. Maalouf, Esq.
A case filed in 2007 alleging sex discrimination has recently settled out of court for $4.65 million. A group of 10 professors filed a lawsuit against the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey after using New Jersey's Open Public Records Act to find out the salaries of all of the professors at the school. According to the lawsuit, the professors alleged that the school paid female professors less than their male counterparts. It also alleged that male professors were promoted to full professor approximately five years earlier than female professors.
The lawsuit relied on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which was signed into law by President Obama during his first term in office. Before the Act, an employee had to file a complaint of pay discrimination within six months of learning they were underpaid. The act now ensures that the clock starts over each time an employee receives a paycheck in which they were underpaid. Given this changing area of law, employers may want to review their salary policies to ensure they are giving equal pay to all of their employees in similar positions with similar qualifications.
If you have questions about how this law might affect you, contact the law firm of Winegar, Wilhelm, Glynn & Roemersma to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.
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