Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Verdict

Publication Date

10-13-2015

Abstract

Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in the 1960s television show, recently passed away. As Batgirl, she fought for truth and justice against fictional adversaries; and in a public service announcement that aired in the 1970s, she fought for equal pay for real women. ...

Craig, may she rest in peace, put her face and her beloved fictional persona behind the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the centerpiece of the federal effort to eradicate pay discrimination. This law—enacted in 1963, one year before the broader ban on employment discrimination embodied in Title VII—guarantees equal pay for equal work for men and women who do the same job for the same employer. The EPA has been an important tool in remedying pay discrimination, as has Title VII, which prohibits employers from taking sex into account when making or implementing any decisions about pay.

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