Nobody should be paid less than they deserve, particularly if the reason for lower pay revolves around their gender. Unfortunately, wage disparities based on gender exist in this country. At The Rager Law Firm, we firmly believe the men and women should be given equal pay for equal work. If you or somebody you care about is paid less for your job because of your gender, contact our Equal Pay Act violation attorneys today so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
What do federal and state laws say about unequal pay?
Under federal law, the Equal Pay Act requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work. For this law to apply, the jobs do not need to be identical, only substantially equal. Federal law specifies that job content, not job titles, is what determines whether a job is substantially equal. Under federal law, all forms of payment are included:
profit sharing and bonus plans
vacation and holiday pay
reimbursement for travel expenses
cleaning or gasoline allowances
California strengthened the state’s Equal Pay Act in 2015. The state law places more of a burden on employers to ensure that men and women receive the same pay for the same work. The state law also provides protection for public employees in the state of California. The law in California makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against an employee for discussing their wages, which is one of the main ways that workers learn they are being discriminated against.
Under both federal and state law, individuals alleging violations of pay discrimination do not need to file a complaint with the EEOC or California Department of Industrial Relations first. They may directly file a lawsuit for these violations.
Are there any exceptions?
Pay discrimination is still a major problem in the United States. On average, women make only $0.80 on the dollar compared to the male counterparts who are in the same job and have the same responsibilities.
If an employee is paying two workers of the opposite sex who have substantially similar duties different pay, they must show that they are doing so for non-discriminatory reasons. This can include:
Let us help you get justice for this
If you or somebody you care about has received unequal pay despite protections under the law, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At The Rager Law Firm, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to get to work investigating this violation of employment law. Our goal is to secure any compensation you are entitled to, which can include: