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 ECONOMICS DISCRIMINATION Passed in 1963, the Equal Pay Act (EPA) prohibits wage differences between men and women who are performing the same job for the same number of years. Even if the jobs are different, the law sees them as equal as long as they require the same effort, responsibility, and skill.

Other laws protect employees from equal pay discrimination as well. These laws include the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The difference between these acts and the EPA is that two employees do not necessarily have to hold the same job.

This amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act also encompasses other fringe benefits employees may receive, such as bonuses, employee discounts, medical and dental benefits and retirement plans. The only time it is legal to have a pay disparity in a job is if the salary is based on seniority, quality, and quantity of work. The employer must be able to prove this should a lawsuit arise.

If you believe that you are a victim of equal pay discrimination in the workplace and you believe that your job rights have been violated you have the right to file a charge of discrimination.  This is a required step before you are allowed to file a discrimination lawsuit.  Click here to get help now.  You may deserve compensation.

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