The phrase “equal pay for equal work” is a slogan referring to when employers violate state law by compensating employees unfairly. In California, employers may find themselves in legal troubles upon committing violations related to hours and wages due to discrimination. Be mindful that laws vary from state to state, and California provides solutions to pay discrimination cases that may differ from other jurisdictions.
Options for filing a wage and pay discrimination claim in California
In the Golden State, employees have three options for dealing with pay discrimination. Commonly, the first step involves filing a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, or DFEH. A statute of limitations remains in effect, and discrimination victims have two years from the violation date to submit their complaint. The time extends to three years with willful violations.
Some people choose to file a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Both the EEOC and the DFEH could set up mediation between the employee and the employer. In some instances, mediation might be the preferred strategy to address the dispute.
Filing a lawsuit becomes another option. Filing an administrative complaint before taking civil action may be necessary first. However, immediately filing a lawsuit could be an option as well. Speaking with an attorney about the appropriate steps to take might clear up a worker’s confusion and concerns.
Complaints over wage discrimination
Wage discrimination could involve more than hourly or annual salary. Bonuses, benefits and even life insurance could factor into a discrimination claim. Ultimately, an employer must not discriminate or provide unequal compensation based on gender.
California and the federal government take wage and hour violations seriously. Options exist for workers who believe they are victims of discrimination. An attorney may advise clients on how to proceed with claims.