Equal Pay

State: Connecticut
Subject: Fair Pay
Statute/Code Cite: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-75

Connecticut’s equal pay law primarily reflects the federal Equal Pay Act, but instead of allowing employers to justify a wage differential through “any factor other than sex,” it requires a “bona fide factor other than sex.” This requires that the factor not be based upon or derived from a sex-based differential in compensation, and is job-related and consistent with business necessity. An employee can refute the “bona fide factor other than sex” defense by demonstrating that an alternative practice exists that would have served the same business purpose without producing a wage gap, and that the employer refused to adopt the practice.

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