Valid reasons can include seniority, merit, quality of work, speed of production or, in this case, experience level. Comtech Manufacturing said it paid a male production supervisor 50 cents more an hour because he had more supervisory experience, albeit in a different field. That was good enough for a federal appeals court to dismiss a female co-worker's equal pay claim. (Wollenburg v. Comtech Manufacturing Co., No. 99-1714, 7th Cir., 2000)
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