Equal Pay Act

(1963)

Explanation and Analysis of the Document

Part (d)(1) of Section 206 (“Minimum Wage”) of the Equal Pay Act makes the intent of the law clear: “No employer . . . shall discriminate . . . between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages . . . at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex.” This section uses the phrase “subject to any provisions of the section.” The law at this time did not cover white-collar and professional employees, that is, employees in executive and administrative positions; it also did not include outside sales...

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