Best Ohio Gender Discrimination Attorney And Top Equal Pay Lawyer Answer: Can my boss pay men more than women? What can I do if the men at work make more than me even though we do the same job? Can I sue if I am being paid less than men that are in the same position?
Assuming that Rio doesn’t completely implode, it is time to celebrate the Olympics. The best male and female athletes from around the world show up to compete for Olympic glory. These men and women dedicate their lives to working as hard as they can to win a gold medal. But, even though both these men and women work equally hard, that does not mean that they are treated the same. The United States Women’s National Soccer Team is fighting for equal pay. Hopefully, there has been a new development that may help illicit some change in this unequal pay situation. Perhaps because of overwhelming support for the premise of equal pay for women members of the United States Women’s National Team (More than Two-Thirds of American’s Think Women’s Team Deserves Equal Pay), the United States Senate unanimously approved a non-binding resolution calling for the U.S. Soccer Federation to “immediately end gender pay inequity and to treat all athletes with the respect and dignity those athletes deserve” (Senate Resolution 462).
While it is always encouraging to see politicians take action on important issues, it is important to note that the resolution does not force any action on the part of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), one of the senators who originally introduced the resolution, have stated that they hoped that the willingness to act will be present when it comes to passing the Paycheck Fairness Act. As our employment discrimination lawyers have previously blogged, some of the highlights of the Paycheck Fairness Act include: banning employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with each other, imposing harsher penalties for pay discrimination, and requiring employers to be able to show that wage gaps between men and women are based on factors other than gender. (See Why Aren’t I Paid The Same Wage As Men? – Call The Right Attorney).
Currently, the Equal Pay Act (“EPA“) provides some protection to make sure that women are paid the same as men for the same job. You may have heard the phrase “equal pay for equal work.” It is important to remember that equal work does not mean identical work. To that end, the EPA addresses a job’s actual requirements and the function of the work performed by the employees to evaluate whether jobs are substantially equal. As such, your boss do an end around the EPA by creatively assigning different titles to men and women who do essentially the same jobs. On this point, the Equal Pay Act provides: “No employer having employees subject to any provisions of this section shall discriminate, within any establishment in which such employees are employed, between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex in such establishment for equal work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions…”
Our employment discrimination attorneys will continue to follow and keep you up-to-date with any developments from the U.S. Women’s National Team, as well as the Paycheck Fairness Act.
If you feel that you are being discriminated based on your gender or sex, then call the right attorney. It is never appropriate to discriminate against female employees. Discrimination against women includes being harassed, fired, wrongfully terminated, discriminated against, demoted, wrongfully disciplined, denied a promotion, and denied wages or not receiving equal pay. When you call the right attorney to schedule a free and confidential consultation at (216) 291-4744, you will meet with an attorney from The Spitz Law Firm to discuss wrongful discrimination claims and help you determine the best way to pursue your gender/sex discrimination claims.
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