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Equal Pay

Equal Pay

Employees in the US have the right to be free of workplace discrimination in their compensation. These protections are proscribed in Federal law and are enforced by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). Protections include a wide array of compensation components, including salary, overtime, bonuses as well as numerous reimbursements and benefits. If you believe that your employer has violated the Equal Pay Act, schedule a consultation with one of The Noble Law employment attorneys.

Essentially, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires that equal pay be given for equal work in the same establishment. The law provides that employers may not engage in workplace discrimination by paying women and men differently who perform essentially the same function in similar working conditions.

Factors include:

  • Skill
  • Effort
  • Responsibility
  • Working Conditions
  • Establishment

Pay differentials are only permitted when there is some basis — other than gender — that justifies a different pay scale. These factors can include seniority, merit, quality, but, again, can not be based on gender. Additionally, there is an “affirmative defense” for these situations, meaning that it is the employer’s burden to prove that they apply.

Illegal, toxic, and unethical workplace behaviors marginalize employees. We offer legal advice and representation to help you restore your dignity, defend your compensation, and move towards closure.


The Noble Law offers legal advice and consultations on employment issues in-person, through video, and by phone. The first step is to call the office in your area.
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