Should you receive equal pay for equal work?

| Jun 2, 2017 | Workplace Discrimination |

As a California employee, you work hard to meet the obligations of your job, fulfill your job duties and do the best you can do every time you show up at work. That is why it is particularly frustrating to learn that you are not getting fair pay for your work, especially if it is less than what others are receiving for the same kind of work.

According to the federal Equal Pay Act, men and women should receive equal pay for equal work in almost every case, the only exceptions being in cases involving seniority or merit. If you believe that you are a victim of sex discrimination and unequal pay, you do not have to tolerate it. You have the right to take action and hold the appropriate parties accountable for this type of treatment.

Earning your wages and fair pay

The sole basis of your pay should be the work that you do, not your gender, religion, skin color, or other factors. Workplace discrimination on these bases is illegal everywhere in California, and men and women are entitled to receive equal pay work that requires “substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility, and that are performed under similar working conditions within the same establishment”.

While men and women should earn equal pay, there are times in which an exception could apply. In addition to cases in which a person should earn more based on seniority or merit, factors such as quantity of production, quality of production, and factors not based on gender could affect pay scales. Employers must be able to prove that discrimination does not factor into pay differentiation.

Understanding your rights as an employee can be a difficult task, and it can be daunting to even determine if you are a victim of pay discrimination or other type of unfair and illegal treatment. While this is a frustrating situation, you do not have to face it alone.

Your right to fight back

Many employees fail to speak up and speak out against unfair treatment in the workplace because they fear retaliation and other negative consequences. If you have concerns about equal pay, you would be wise to first reach out to an experienced attorney to protect your rights under both state and federal laws. With the right help, you can hold liable parties accountable and seek the restitution you deserve for the mistreatment you experienced.


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