Equal Pay Act Violations and Gender Discrimination in Pay – Class Action Investigation
Chimicles & Tikellis LLP is investigating potential class action lawsuits on behalf of women in the workplace who are being paid less than their male counterparts despite performing the same work. Employers who make compensation decisions and have differing compensation structures based upon gender may be violating the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (the “EPA”). The EPA requires that women and men be compensated with equal pay for equal work. Specifically, the EPA prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees at a rate less than the rate paid to employees of the opposite sex for equal work on jobs requiring equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions and within the same establishment.
The EPA covers all forms of pay and compensation, including but not limited to salary, bonuses, overtime, paid leave, profit sharing, and bonuses. The onus and responsibility is on employers to close any wage gap between men and women, which they are required to do by raising wages, not by reducing wages.
If you are carrying out equal work duties or performing the same work as male coworkers and you are or believe you are being paid less for your work, please contact the lawyers listed below for more information and to discuss your rights.