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What is gender pay discrimination and what can I do about it?

Gender Pay Discrimination

According to an analysis performed by the National Women’s Law Center, women earn 80 cents on the dollar compared to men, amounting to $403,440 less over the course of a 40-year career.  And in low-wage jobs, the pay gap is larger —  71 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn.

The pay gap is unacceptable, but there are legal remedies to combat pay discrimination.  We are privileged to partner with our clients to obtain compensation for pay discrimination and level the playing field.

Remedying Gender Pay Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits compensation discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, age, or disability.  In addition, Title VII bars retaliation against an employee for opposing or reporting compensation discrimination.

The Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sex by paying wages at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to employees of the opposite sex … for equal work performed under similar working conditions.

Where a pay discrimination claimant proves a willful violation of the Equal Pay Act, the claimant can recover liquidated damages.

Click here to read more about how to prove gender pay discrimination under the Equal Pay Act.

Gender Pay Discrimination Lawyers

SEC whistleblower lawyersHiring a proven and effective advocate is critical to obtaining the maximum recovery in a pay discrimination case.  Eric Bachman, Chair of the Firm’s Discrimination Practice, has substantial experience litigating precedent-setting individual and class action discrimination cases.  His wins include a $100 million settlement in a disparate impact Title VII class action and a $16 million class action settlement against a major grocery chain.

Bachman writes frequently on topics related to employment discrimination issues at the Glass Ceiling Discrimination Blog.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you in an Equal Pay Act discrimination case.  To schedule a preliminary consultation, click here or call us at (202) 769-1681.

Combatting Glass Ceiling Discrimination

We also represent victims of glass ceiling discrimination.  To learn more about glass ceiling discrimination, download our guide Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Tips for Combatting Promotion Discrimination:


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Jason Zuckerman, Principal of Zuckerman Law, litigates whistleblower retaliation, qui tam, wrongful discharge, and other employment-related claims. He is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2015 and selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® and in SuperLawyers.