Corning Glass Works v. Brennan
United States Supreme Court
417 U.S. 188 (1974)
Because Pennsylvania’s state labor laws at one time prohibited employers from employing women for night shifts, Corning Glass Works (Corning) (defendant) wound up employing exclusively men as inspectors for its night shifts at its plants. Corning employed exclusively women as inspectors for its day shifts. Subsequently, Corning implemented a higher wage for working its night shifts than it did for working its day shifts, creating a pay differential between its female day-shift inspectors and its male night-shift inspectors. The Equal Pay Act (EPA), 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)(1), mandated that men and women receive equal pay for equal work performed under similar working conditions. Brennan (plaintiff), the United States Secretary of Labor, sued Corning, seeking to enjoin Corning from violating the EPA.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, J.)
Dissent (Burger, C.J.)
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