This Comment examines the unfortunate truth of gender wage inequality, focusing primarily on the California Fair Pay Act—one of the toughest equal pay laws in the United States. Part I examines the gender pay gap and how it is calculated. Part II provides an overview of the different laws aimed at protecting women from wage inequality both at a federal and state level. Part III discusses the negative, unintended consequences that may arise from the California Fair Pay Act by closely examining the plain language of the legislation. Part IV analyzes the underlying factors that contribute to wage inequality between men and women. Finally, Part V concludes with three recommendations on how employers can help eliminate gender wage inequality throughout the United States.
Nicole Michele Barnhart, Gender Wage Inequality: Is More Legislation the Answer?, 40 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 1435 (2017).