Equal Pay Day And The US Pay Equity Landscape

Marking Equal Pay Day on April 2, 2019, Dan Forman, Partner and Chair of CDF's Chair of CDF's Unfair Competition & Trade Secret Practice Group, authored the article "Equal Pay Day And The US Pay Equity Landscape," for Law360's Expert Analysis section.


"Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the current year women must work, on average, to reach the same level of compensation that male workers earned in the prior year in the United States. Falling on April 2, this year, 17 days earlier than in 2005, Equal Pay Day 2019 shows movement toward pay equity.

On March 8, International Women’s Day, the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s players sued their employer, the United States Soccer Federation, in a combination complaint as a collective action under the Equal Pay Act and as a class action under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.[1]

Under the Equal Pay Act, the complaint seeks back pay, interest, liquidated damages, and attorney fees and costs for the group comprised of all current and former women’s national soccer team employees in the past three years. Neither the WNT, nor the players’ bargaining agent, the U.S. Women's National Team Players Association, or WNTPA, are parties in the lawsuit."

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