This month, Oregon joined a number of other states, including California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York by strengthening existing equal pay laws. The new law, the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (“OEPA”), has three (3) central components:
- Applying equal pay protections to disparities based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or age;
- Curbing an employer’s ability to obtain or rely upon an applicant’s prior compensation to determine his or her current compensation; and
- Changing and substantially limiting the defenses available to employers sued for alleged equal pay violations.