Our Law Firm Helps Victims of Equal Pay Act Discrimination
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You deserve to be paid the same as a male co-worker doing substantially similar work. Unfortunately, some companies don't see it that way. Instead, some businesses pay men more than women, even though they have the same experience, skills and job performance.
You might think there's nothing you can do. That your boss or supervisor can play favorites and pay male employees more money, give them better job assignments and promote them instead of you and other female co-workers.
Don't be so sure. The Equal Pay Act (EPA) was created to protect the rights of women against discrimination. An amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), this federal law has strict guidelines. If you believe your employer violated these laws, contact us. We can help.
How the law works and common violations
The Equal Pay Act clearly outlines what constitutes workplace discrimination on the basis of gender. In order for an Equal Pay Act violation to occur, the following situation must exist:
- A man must be paid more than a woman while both are performing jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions.
Employers often defend their actions using the following explanations:
- The male worker is more experienced than the female worker.
- The male worker does better work than the female worker.
- The male worker performs a different job than the female worker.
You know your company best. If something doesn't seem right or if you think you're not being treated fairly because you're a woman, speak out. Contact Nilges Draher LLC and learn more about your legal rights.
Chances are your employer will insist that there are legitimate reasons why a female co-worker is being paid less than a male co-worker. Your employer will use any excuse to justify the discrimination. They'll also hire expensive lawyers to defend their interests.
The Equal Pay Act is complex. It dictates where you can file your claim, when you have to file your claim, and the relief you can ask for, among other things. There are also a number of factors to consider when assessing your claim and determining the best evidence to support your claim. In some cases, employers have a discriminatory policy or practice, and a class action lawsuit may be the best strategy. We know how to move these claims forward.
The key is to take action sooner rather than later. Waiting to take action may limit your recovery, since some of the time in which you were underpaid may fall outside the legal limits. In addition, the sooner you take action, the more evidence we can gather to build a strong case.
Contact us for your free case evaluation. One of our experienced Equal Pay Act discrimination attorneys will explain all of your legal rights and options as well as the discrimination laws that apply in your circumstances. Our conversation is completely confidential and has no obligation - we just want you to know your rights. Give us a call today.