Austin Equal Pay Lawyer
An individual’s pay should be based on nothing more than their ability to do the job well. Sadly, in far too many cases, workers continue to receive unequal pay for their work on the basis of bias or discrimination on the part of employers. For this reason, equal pay laws have been put in place to help prevent and prohibit this type of behavior.
Equal pay claims can help to ensure that workers receive appropriate compensation for the work that they do. If you have been denied equal pay in Austin, our team at The Melton Law Firm, knows how much this can affect you, financially and emotionally. Fortunately, you can pursue legal action against your employer in such a situation, getting the justice and pay you need.
Unfair Reasons To Be Denied Equal Pay
Workers may be denied equal pay for a wide range of unfair reasons, some of which the most common are:
- Racial discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- National origin discrimination
- Disability discrimination
Whether you have been denied fair wages due to these or other illegitimate reasons, you may be able to seek recompense and justice from your employer by filing an employment claim.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Melton Law Firm has been helping individuals with equal pay disputes for years. Attorney John F. Melton is an experienced equal pay attorney, and he is ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. His experience and knowledge of labor and employment law, particularly when it comes to equal pay disputes, is second to none. If you are involved in an equal pay dispute, we can be your guiding light throughout the legal process. Do not hesitate to call us at (512) 330-0017 or contact us through our website so we can get the equal pay you deserve. We have included a few frequently asked questions and their answers regarding equal pay disputes.
What are the basics of equal pay disputes?
Equal pay disputes are generally controlled by federal law. The law prevents employers from denying employees equal pay based on different types of discrimination. For instance, an employer cannot pay female employees a lesser rate than they pay male employees for equal work on jobs requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility when performed under similar working conditions. The act prevents unfair payment schemes for employees performing the same jobs.
How can I show that I have been denied equal pay?
Showing that an employer has failed to provide you equal pay because of discrimination is a tough legal issue. Specifically, an equal pay violation may require showing the following to be true:
- The employer is subject to the relevant equal pay laws
- The employee performed work in the position requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility under similar working conditions
- The employee was paid less than another employee because of some type of prohibited discrimination
At the outset, it is important to understand what law controls your equal pay dispute. This requires the experience of a labor and employment law attorney. Another reason you need a skilled attorney is that showing each of these elements can be complicated.
How will an employer justify denying equal pay?
Under the Equal Pay Act, there are certain justifications for pay differentials that would otherwise violate the law. For instance, an employer may try to argue that the pay differential is a bona fide employment policy that they have in place. Some of the more common justifications by the employer for having differential pay are the following:
- A seniority system
- A merit system
- A system based on quality or quantity of production
- A factor other than race, gender, national origin, or disability
Regardless of why an employer may try to deny you equal pay, you need an experienced attorney on your side to combat their defense. You do not deserve to be denied equal pay because of your sex, race, national origin, or disability. If you want fair compensation for your hard work like your coworkers, the team at The Melton Law Firm can get you the justice you deserve.
Speak with an Equal Pay Attorney in Austin
Our Austin employment attorneys at The Melton Law Firm, seek to help those who have been the victims of unequal pay based on discrimination to recover the compensation they deserve. If you have been denied equal pay by your employer, call (512) 330-0017. We will help you explore your options and potentially begin building a case to bring against the employer who treated you unfairly.