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April 13, 2018

How the Rizo Case Will Affect The Gender Pay Gap


In an article published on April 13, 2018, on the website of Forbes, Nelson Mullins Atlanta-based partner Sherry Culves discusses the gender pay gap. She explains how in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Rizo v. Yovino, the Fresno County, Calif., school district violated the Equal Pay Act by considering a new employee’s prior compensation when determining her starting salary. Culves says women are making slower progress than in the past regarding the gender pay gap. “Making compensation decisions based on past decisions certainly does not help this trend,” she says. “We know that evidence shows that on average, women are only earning 80 cents on the dollar compared to men.” Culves also urges women not to undervalue themselves during the hiring and promotion process and says, “It is important that women approach the workforce and the marketplace with a data-driven mindset. Gather as much information as possible about the market rate for the position.” 

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