March 26, 2019 Feature

Past Salary Inquiries: How to Avoid Running Afoul of the Law in a Changing Legal Landscape

By Meredith L. McDonald

In 1963, women earned less than 60 percent of what men earned. U.S. Census Bureau Historical Income Tables, Table P-40 (2017). To remedy that immense disparity, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 1963, 29 U.S.C. ยง 206(d)(1), (EPA), requiring equal pay for equal work.

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