It is now illegal in Iceland for men to get paid more than women

MGN Online

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Iceland has made it illegal for men to get paid more than women - the first country to ever do so around the world.

Al-Jazeera reports that if you are a company or government agency and you employ more than 25 people, you will be required to get certification acknowledging equal pay policies or face fines.

Companies will have to renew their certification proving they pay men and women equally every three years.

This move doesn't come as a surprise to some as Iceland has been ranked as the world's number one gender equal country, according to the World Economic Forum.

NPR reports that equal pay laws have been established in the country since 1963. But companies now have the burden of proving they pay their employees equally.

In the last year, despite the country's progress, Iceland has still maintained a pay gap of over 16 percent.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off