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I wanted to touch briefly on those employment policies sometimes found in employee handbooks that ban employees from discussing their pay with each other. 

The purpose of the policies is often to keep employees in the dark about what others are paid so as to, among other things, not allow resentment to creep in.

A downside to these policies, however, is that to the extent there is discrimination at...

January 17, 2017

The federal US Department of Labor (USDOL) recently settled a matter with the employer LexisNexis Risk Solutions where after an investigation, they determined there was "a significant difference" paid to women verses men in the same role at two separate company locations. 


According to a USDOL press release

Two separate investigations by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Fede...

August 1, 2016

Governor Baker has signed the legislation that amends the current Massachusetts Equal Pay Law, M.G.L. c. 149, s. 105A.

But, you may ask, I thought it already was illegal not to pay men and women the same for the same job? 

It is. What this legislation does, among other things, is to make it illegal to pay men and women differently for "comparable work” -- not just the same job. Comparable work here...

January 30, 2016

Since one case went very badly for lunch ladies in Everett in the 1990s, advocates have been trying to tighten up the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act, M.G.L. c. 149, s 105A, a statute, among others, I used to be responsible for enforcing.  

In the Everett case, female school cafeteria workers (a/k/a "lunch ladies") sued under the Equal Pay Act arguing that the male school janitors made more for compar...

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