Federal legislation addressing compensation inequality between men and women is unlikely in this Congress, but several states and municipalities are taking up the cause. California, Maryland and New York recently passed laws adding pay-equity restrictions in the workplace. Legislation is pending in South Carolina and several other states.
In the courts, LexisNexis this year was forced to pay $1.2 million to settle federal claims that it paid 211 female workers “substantially less” than men for the same job. Advice: Do an internal pay audit before you get a legal or legislative knock on your door.