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I’d bet you’ve never heard of Denise Bence, a onetime health club manager in Detroit. In the early 1980s, Bence sued her ex-employer, the Detroit Health Corporation, for pay discrimination. All managers at Detroit Health’s chain of clubs were paid based on commissions. Women managers, who sold memberships only to female customers, received a 5% commission. Male managers, who catered to men thinking of joining the club, were paid 7.5% of the signup fee when they brought in a new member. The company said the different commission rates were justified because it was easier to sell memberships to women, so its male and female managers ended up making about the same money.

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