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.
to get help now.
You may deserve compensation.