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Eighth Circuit: Business – Judgment Jury Instruction Is Inappropriate For Claim Under Equal Pay Act

The Eighth Circuit has issued a decision which serves as a clear reminder to employees that the federal Equal Pay Act is a strict liability statute. Basically, this means that an employer may not be able to avoid liability by simply articulating a non-discriminatory reason for its actions, as it could in a Title VII discrimination claim. Rather, when a female employee shows that she was paid less than a male employee for the same work, the employer can avoid liability under the Act only by affirmatively proving that it had a justification for the disparity in pay.  More ›