Gender Pay Gap: Equal Work Deserves Equal Pay
Women continue to get shortchanged on average 20 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts, despite calls for change and incessant media coverage. In some industries like banking, finance, insurance, technology, and entertainment, the wage gap is especially wide. It’s time for change and closing the gender wage gap.
Our lawyers are committed to helping to bring about gender pay equality. There are laws in place requiring employers to pay women and men the same for equal work. And it extends beyond the salary – including bonuses and other benefits. If you are getting paid less than your male colleagues, we can help you understand your rights. Fill out a free case review form or give us a call at 1.800.887.8029.
Employees Challenge HPE’S Pay Inequity
Two women who worked at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) are challenging the IT giant in court, claiming gender-based pay discrimination. The two women’s lawsuit is seeking class action status to recover lost wages not only on their own behalf, but also on behalf of all current and former female employees working at HPE in California anytime from 2016 to the present. We are helping women affected – join the movement and take action.
- November 8, 2018: Hewlett Packard Enterprise gave woman dead man’s job, paid her less: lawsuit, mercurynews.com
- View the Class Action Complaint
Women Speak Up Against Unfair Pay
Recently female employees at Google sounded the alarm on their wage gap, alleging they were paid less than men doing the same jobs. In a similar case, three female Microsoft employees have come forward to hold their employer accountable for gender wage bias. These are but two examples. According to Forbes, some of the top 10 industries with the biggest gender pay gaps are:
- Finance and Insurance
- Public Administration
- Professional Services
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Information Technology
- Management of Companies and Enterprises
California Takes the Lead in Holding Companies Accountable for Equal Pay
Under California’s Fair Pay Act, which only went into effect on January 1, 2016, employees in California are no longer required to show they were paid less than a member of the opposite sex for “equal” work in the same establishment – they can now make an initial case based on colleagues doing “substantially similar” work, regardless of location. An employee who files a successful civil action under the California Fair Pay Act may recover up to twice as much as the wage difference plus interest.
California continues to strengthen its equal pay laws. As of January 1, 2018, companies are prohibited from seeking salary history information (including compensation and benefits data) from applicants.
What is EEOC?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, is a federal government organization that is responsible for enforcing and upholding laws prohibiting discriminatory acts based on someone’s race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. In the Equal Pay Act of 1963, it lays out the fundamental law that shapes equal employment for both men and women when “performing equal work in the same workplace.” This same law makes it illegal for an employer to retaliate against workers who inquire about equal pay discrimination, filing a charge of discrimination, or participating in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
Gender Pay Gap Helpful Links
- Women in the Workplace 2017 study
- Facts About Pay Equity
- Equal Pay & The Wage Gap
- Women Can’t Have Prior Salaries Used Against Them, Court Says (NPR)
I’m Getting Paid Less. Now what?
Women are underrepresented at every level in corporate America and you deserve fair pay for equal work. If you believe your employer is paying you less than your male colleagues, the time to act is now. Please give us a call at 1.800.887.8029 or fill out a free case review form. All information you submit will be kept confidential. It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for speaking with a lawyer or trying to protect your legal rights.