Did you know that California has pay laws mandating that workers be paid equally if they share the same title and responsibilities, regardless of gender?
Specifically, California Labor Code 1197.5 states:
No employer shall pay any individual at wage rates less than the rates paid to employees of the opposite sex in the same establishment for equal work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions, except where the payment is made pursuant to a seniority system, a merit system, a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production, or a differential based on any bona fide factor other than sex.
If you have the same amount of seniority, produce the same work and have the same title as a co-worker, but you are denied the same wages, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney. Your employer may be violating California equal pay laws.
A California Equal Pay Case
We bring up equal pay laws because according to the Daily Titan, the student newspaper at California State University, Fullerton, two professors at the college recently filed lawsuits against the CSU Board of Trustees, alleging that they face gender discrimination because they are paid less than male professors are.
The professors, who work in the theater and dance department, are seeking damages for lost wages, employee benefits and mental and emotional stress, saying that they are not being paid fairly. One of the women involved in the lawsuit claims that she found out she was paid less than her male coworkers through a website listing employee salaries.
Keep in mind, any employer that violates pay laws could potentially be held liable, as victims can request damages, including back wages and interest. Remember, wage inequality is a form of discrimination. Our attorneys take these claims very seriously.
If you have a potential claim against an employer, by seeking counsel, you could make sure that violations are investigated. For further information about wage disputes, continue to read our blog and follow our social media sites.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys