High Court ruling to help fight gender pay gap

May 18, 2012 14:14

The high court on Friday put the onus on employers to pay men and women equally in a landmark ruling that may help narrow wage gaps, which are bigger than in most Western countries.

The high court struck down the decision of a lower court against a female former store employee whose wages were 35 percent lower than those of a male colleague. That court had said the difference was legitimate and a result of contract negotiations not gender discrimination.But the high court, in a decision by a panel of three judges published on Friday, found that "in certain cases it should be enough to prove the existence of a significant gap in wages for the employer to bear the burden" of meeting laws against gender discrimination.

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