Equal Pay Act and the EEOC

September 23rd, 2011 by JBWK

The EEOC has sued a Texas agency for violating the Equal Pay Act, a lesser-used, but potentially costly, federal discrimination statute, alleging it routinely paid women less than men who occupied similar positions.

The EEOC received only 1,044 Equal Pay Act claims in 2010, a small portion of the 99,922 overall discrimination claims it received that year. However, given the nature of the ongoing violation–where, for instance, women are systematically paid less than men–the costs escalate quickly.

The Equal Pay Act, while often overlooked, is still alive and well: make sure you review compensation accordingly.

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