Law: Breakthrough in the Wage War

The Supreme Court opens the door to more pay suits by women

They may have come a long way, baby, but in the job market women still get only 60¢ for every dollar received by men.

Legal efforts to narrow the gap have frequently run up against a high hurdle: females could sue their employers only according to the standard of "equal pay for equal work"—i.e., when their boss paid more to men performing the same basic job. Last week the Supreme Court removed that obstacle by ruling 5 to 4 that a woman could also...

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