Steps to Take When You Suspect Pay Discrimination

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February 06, 2024

In the diverse landscape of today’s workforce, pay discrimination remains a pervasive issue that continues to negatively impact employees’ livelihoods. It comes in various forms and is not limited to mere sex-based pay discrimination; it can also involve discrimination on the basis of age, race, religion, disability, or other protected characteristics. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 stand as legal bulwarks against such discriminatory practices. However, recognizing and addressing pay discrimination can be a daunting task for many employees. This blog aims to provide a guide regarding the critical steps employees should take when suspecting pay discrimination in their workplace.

Recognizing Pay Discrimination

The first critical step involves recognizing the signs of pay discrimination. It is important to note that pay discrepancies are not always a result of discrimination. Differences in pay can often be attributed to factors such as education, experience, or performance. However, if an employee suspects that they are being paid less than their colleagues who share similar qualifications and job responsibilities due to their gender, race, age, or other protected characteristic, it could potentially be a case of pay discrimination.

Gathering Evidence

Once suspicion arises, the next step involves gathering evidence. This may include pay stubs, performance reviews, job descriptions, or any other relevant documentation. It is crucial to have concrete evidence to support a claim of pay discrimination.

Filing a Complaint

After gathering enough evidence, it is advisable to put the complaint in writing to the employer. Doing so not only formalizes the complaint but also serves as additional evidence should the matter escalate to a lawsuit.

Researching Rights

Understanding one’s rights is an essential part of fighting pay discrimination. Employees are encouraged to research their rights under federal and state laws, including the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Seeking Legal Assistance

In cases where pay discrimination persists it may be necessary to seek legal advice. At Olivier & Schreiber LLP, our commitment is unyielding in advancing the rights of workers. Our team of attorneys prosecutes employment, consumer, and civil rights cases on behalf of individuals and classes of persons throughout California.

Preparing for a Lengthy Process

Fighting pay discrimination can be a lengthy process that requires patience and perseverance. It is essential to have a support network and be prepared for the possibility of retaliation from the employer. However, remember that retaliation is also illegal under federal law, and employees who experience it can seek redress.

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Standing up to pay discrimination is not just about obtaining a fair salary; it is about promoting equality and justice in the workplace and society as a whole. By taking the steps outlined above, employees can play a crucial role in eliminating pay discrimination. If you believe your rights have been violated or need help navigating these steps, do not hesitate to reach out to Olivier & Schreiber LLP. We are committed to helping you get the justice you deserve.




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