Image of If a coworker performs the same job as I do, but has worked with the company longer and gets paid more than me, can I sue?

If a coworker performs the same job as I do, but has worked with the company longer and gets paid more than me, can I sue?


That’s going to be a very fact-specific inquiry, and the court’s really going to want to look at your particular job qualifications and your job responsibilities. Just because an employee has been at the company longer does not necessarily mean that they should be paid more. For example, you may have been at another company for much longer doing the exact same job, so that, ultimately, you actually have more job experience than that other employee.

What it really is going to boil down to is showing that you’ve got the same level of experience doing this type of job, that you have the same level of job responsibilities, and that your job performance is generally similar to this other employee.

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