equality compassOn April 27, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employer was allowed to base “a pay differential on prior salary so long as it showed that its use of prior salary effectuated some business policy and that the employer used the factor reasonably in light of its stated purpose and its other practices.”   By its ruling, it vacated an Eastern District of California District Court holding that basing a male and female pay differential on their prior salaries further perpetuates the wage discrimination which Congress passed the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) to eradicate.  Plaintiff, Aileen Rizzo, a math teacher, sued the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools after she discovered that similarly situated male math teachers were paid more than she was. Continue Reading