On October 6, 2015, the California Fair Pay Act was passed and is set to
take effect in January 2016. This law is an expansion of the 1949 Equal
Pay Act. The disparity between the salaries for women versus men has always
been disproportionate. In 2014, the National Women’s Law Center
discovered that, on average, a woman makes 84 cents for every dollar that
a man will earn.
Discrimination in the Workplace
In California, employers were expected to pay both men and women the same
amount if each is performing the same duties and responsibilities and
are working in the same location. The California Pay Act will modify this
slightly. Now, men and women performing “substantially similar”
work should receive the same pay.
Other important points you should know about California Fair Pay Act:
- All employees are encouraged to discuss wages with their employers
- Employers will not be allowed to retaliate against employees for discussing wages
- Employers have the burden of proving that an employee’s pay difference
is due to factors such as quality of work, seniority, and qualifications
for the position
Many of us spend the majority of our days at our job. Not only do we deserve
to work that is safe, but also free of harassment, bullying, and discrimination.
Have you experienced workplace
discrimination due to unfair wages, gender, or other unlawful actions? There are times
when the discrimination can be unintentional, but the employer is still
responsible for creating the climate.
Find Counsel from a Seasoned Attorney
Attorney Bill Marder is a Hollister employment law attorney. He is the
founder and lead attorney of Marder Employment Law, is dedicated to protecting
the legal rights of all employees. Backed by
over 20 years of experience and a passionate approach to legal advocacy, he recognizes that every
single employee deserves to have their voice heard.
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