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Equal Pay Lawyers in Pasadena, CA

At Domb & Rauchwerger, we believe in upholding the rights of all workers to receive equitable compensation. Thus, equal pay violation claims are an essential focus of our legal team. If you think you have been denied equal pay for reasonably similar work, we can offer experienced legal representation to help rectify such a California employment law breach.

Our commitment is fortified by our extensive experience in this field and an in-depth understanding of the multiple state and federal laws that govern this issue. We offer a free consultation in which you can get the advice and guidance you need to determine if you have a valid claim and the steps we can take to help you seek a fair resolution.

You can reach us via our online contact form or call (213) 772-5882 to schedule a free initial consultation about your case with a Pasadena equal pay attorney.

Equal Pay Laws in California & the U.S.

Workers in California are protected by the following laws that govern equal pay rights:

  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibits discrimination in wages based on sex. The Act mandates that men and women receive equal payment for equal work in the same establishment. 
  • The California Equal Pay Act furthers these protections, outlawing wage discrimination based on gender, race, or ethnicity.

An example of violating these laws could include a female engineer at a tech company who discovers that her male colleagues with similar experience and responsibilities receive higher pay. 

Employee pay disparity can only be based on non-discriminatory factors, such as education, experience, special training, or a merit or seniority system established within the company. If your work is “substantially similar” to another employee’s in effort, skill, or responsibility, that is generally considered to fall under the guidelines of California’s equal pay law. 

Equal pay violations create an unfair working atmosphere, leading to feelings of devaluation and demotivation among victims. These individuals are economically disadvantaged; they are losing critical income that can affect quality of life and future financial stability. 

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Filing a Claim or Lawsuit

Equal pay laws were enacted to eliminate and prevent workforce pay differences based on sexism, racism, and other discriminatory reasons. Violations of these laws occur when you are paid less than another employee with similar responsibilities due to race, sex, or ethnicity. 

You may also have a case if your employer has retaliated against you for making such a claim to enforce your rights under California law. Should you have a valid claim, you can file a formal complaint with California’s Labor Commission or a wage and hour lawsuit against the offending employer. 

To file a lawsuit, the burden of proof falls upon you; you must show that you were paid less for similar work due to sex, race, or ethnicity. The employer must then respond to prove you are being paid less based on a lawful basis, such as seniority or other valid reasons. If they cannot prove this, you must generally demonstrate that their actions are discriminatory. 

Fortunately, our competent legal team can take on the legal process, carefully investigating your case, backing it up with supporting evidence, and presenting it to the other side or in court to seek a favorable outcome. However, we have secured many favorable outcomes in these cases through demand letters sent to employers. 

Damages in California Equal Pay Claims

The damages you may recover in a successful equal pay action can include:

  • The unpaid wage differential
  • Interest
  • Liquidated damages
  • Compensatory damages, such as for emotional distress
  • Attorney fees and costs

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How Our Capable Team Can Help

At Domb & Rauchwerger, we can take proactive measures to protect the rights of workers subjected to equal pay violations. Our attorneys guide victims through gathering evidence, filing complaints, and, when necessary, initiating litigation against the employer. 

We offer skilled legal representation and empathetic support. Our dedication to justice and extensive experience make us the ideal partner for workers seeking to address unequal pay issues. You can trust a team that zealously advocates for employee rights in the California workplace when choosing us. 

Call us at (213) 772-5882 or contact us online to request a case review with a Pasadena equal pay lawyer. 

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