States attack the pay gap between women and men

Aileen Rizo says she loves what she does. As a consultant for the Fresno County Office of Education in California, she teaches educators how to teach math. She has the experience, 20 years, and the education, two master's degrees.tmpplchld But over lunch three years ago, her colleagues told each other their salaries. Rizo, 41, the only full-time woman in her office, was startled to discover that some of her male co-workers _ including a new hire with less experience and education _ were being paid at least $10,000 more than she was. When she confronted her employer, she was told that her salary was based on her previous wages. End of story. No negotiating. Rizo sued the county, and...