The Employment Law Firm Group, Equal Pay Attorneys, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Your sex shouldn't affect how much you get paid for your work. If you are making less than your co-workers for the same work, you may be able to sue your employer to make up the difference. Both federal and state laws prohibit sex-based wage discrimination between women and men who perform substantially equal jobs. The Employment Law Firm of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania will help you investigate your case and file a lawsuit so you get can receive equal pay.

Pennsylvania Equal Pay Act

Pennsylvania's Equal Pay Act prohibits pay discrimination based on sex or gender. Employers must pay workers equal wages for equal work performed under equal conditions requiring equal skills. But that doesn't mean everyone in your workplace will earn the same amount. Pennsylvania law allows rate differences based on:

  • Seniority or experience;
  • Merit;
  • Training; or
  • Performance.

Pennsylvania's Equal Pay Act works together with the federal Civil Rights Act, which prohibits sex discrimination, but doesn't specifically address wages. Across the country, women are often paid less than men for the same work. The Employment Law Firm Group will find the right law to protect you and your paycheck from discriminatory practices by your employer.

Who is Covered?

The Equal Pay Act applies to all employers, but only fills the gaps where the Fair Labor Standards Act doesn't apply. Because of this, it will most often apply in professional situations and among management-level employees.

Filing an Equal Pay Complaint

Unlike the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an individual does not have to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but can take a case directly to Court. If the employee proves wage discrimination which violates the Equal Pay Act, you many collect back pay, any equal amount in liquidated damages, attorney fees and costs.

Hire the Employment Law Firm Group

Don't tolerate sex discrimination in your workplace or your paycheck. If you suspect you are being paid less because of your gender, contact the Employment Law Firm Group today to schedule a consultation.