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Iceland Outlaws Gendered Pay Disparities

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jan 3, 2018

Iceland has responded to longstanding critiques about pay disparities between men and women by outlawing them altogether, according to Quartz. In contrast to the myriad diversity programs peppering the world economy, Iceland's new law is a blunt force tool. Basically, any business with more than 25 workers will need to get government certification that they pay men and women the same amount for the same job. If they cannot prove pay parity at their firm, they will be fined. Quartz said that there was little opposition to the law when it was proposed last year, and noted that Iceland often scored well on gender equality. Closing the pay gap between men and women has been a longstanding goal of the Nordic country.