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Equal Pay Act or EPA requires that employers give equal pay to men and women for identical or equal work in the same establishment. If you have the same work, skill sets and output as your other co-employees but you are not being provided the same or similar compensation and benefits either because you are of a different nationality, different sex or affiliated with a different religion as compared to your employer and co-workers, or anything that has nothing to do with how you perform your work, then you are a victim of discrimination and your employer's failure to provide you with similar compensation constitutes EPA discrimination.
However, before you can claim damages against your employer as a result of Equal Pay Act discrimination in California, you need to understand the laws applicable to your situation. If your work is not identical with those of your co-employees but are substantially equal to those being performed by your co-employees, then you are still covered by the Act. The job title is also not as important as the actual job content or tasks performed in the workplace. Even if you have different designations but you have basically the same work or similar work and with similar efforts and results, then you should be provided with similar compensation. If your employer fails to provide you with your just compensation, you can definitely seek compensation against your employer for violating your employment and labor law rights.
In order to make sure that you get the best compensation you deserve, you need to seek legal help from MELG Law Firm’s highly skilled Los Angeles Equal Pay Act Discrimination Lawyers who have vast experience in protecting employees from similar law suits. As of date, due to our vigilant stance in pursuing every employee rights at work, we have already obtained hundreds of millions in awards to our clients’ great satisfaction.
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How to File for Equal Pay Act Discrimination Claims in California?
Equal Pay Act or EPA requires that employers give equal pay to men and women for identical or equal work in the same establishment. EEOC enforces the EPA laws, which prohibits pay discrimination based on sex. However, the pay discrimination is limited to employees who are performing the same job at the same location. Hence, the same standards cannot be used to determine unfair payment of employees who are similarly situated but are in different posts and/or assigned to different locations.
How to Determine Equal Pay Violation at Work?
For the standards of the Act to apply, although the position of the employees does not need to be identical in all respects, there are, however some criteria that need to be satisfied by the claiming employee, which include:
- a. Similarity of the jobs performed;
- b. Similarity of the levels of position;
- c. Similarity in skill level required for the position; and
- d. Significant similarity in the actual work assignments performed by the employees being compared.
If you are a victim of unequal pay or compensation at work, you need to immediately seek legal help to determine if your allegations are covered by the Act or by other laws of equal importance. The worst thing you can do to your case is to negotiate your claims on your own. Your employer has the resources to hire expert defense lawyers who can easily frustrate your claims. Hence, for any employment and/or labor violation claims, trust your claims to expert law firms like MELG Law Firm, in order to make sure that you get the best compensation you deserve.
What if the Employees are in Different Work Premises?
General rule is only employees working at the same place can be compared for purposes of determining whether there is violation of the Act.
However, the exception is, even if the workers are working in different sites but the employees are being managed by the same manager or supervisor, there can already be a common determination of whether there is a violation of the Equal Pay Act.
Does EPA Apply to Pay Violation Based on Discrimination?
Although EPA only prohibits unequal payments of employees who are covered by the Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in compensation and other terms and conditions of employment.
There are also other laws that can protect the employees from pay discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin. If you are not given similar pay due to your age, you are protected by Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act if you are 40 or over.