February 2019 Bar Bulletin
By Susan Stahlfeld and Katie Loberstein
Although Washington has prohibited all employers from paying men and women differently for the same work since 1943, last year the Washington Legislature amended the state Equal Pay Act (EPA) — effective June 7, 2018 — to combat what it sees as persistent differences in compensation for men and women.
The 2018 EPA amendments will likely make claims of gender discrimination in pay easier to pursue and harder to defend. The original state EPA prohibited pay discrepancies between men and women working in the same jobs, but provided a defense to the employer if a pay discrepancy was caused...