Katie Abernethy Argues Equal Pay Act in 4th Circuit

Last week, The Noble Law’s Partner, Katie Abernethy, argued in federal court on behalf of Tracy Sempowich, a regional sales manager for Tactile Systems Technology. She made the case before the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, arguing that lower court used an incorrect test when it rejected Ms. Sempowich’s Equal Pay Act claim. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also appeared on behalf of Ms. Sempowich. Bloomberg Law’s Patrick Dorrian shined light on the argument in his article regarding the concurrent pay discrimination lawsuit by the U.S. women’s soccer team. The article describes:

“Paying a man more than a woman is permissible under the Equal Pay Act as long as the “rate of pay” set for that component of pay is equal, the EEOC told the Fourth Circuit. But paying a woman and a man different salary rates – or different rates in some other pay component – violates equal pay law regardless of whether the woman ultimately receives more under another pay component and thus overall, the agency said.”

The full article can be read on Bloomberg’s website.

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