An Employer's Guidance On The California Equal Pay Act
Ensuring equal pay for employees performing substantially similar jobs has been a challenge throughout American history. Minorities and women have often suffered from unequal pay despite doing the same work as their white male counterparts. This continues to be a problem today despite federal laws designed to prohibit wage discrimination. Many states have passed their own wage discrimination laws to expand on those passed on a federal level. For example, not only did California pass its Equal Pay Act well before equal pay became a federal law, but it also passed the Fair Pay Act, which built on the laws established by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by further expanding the protections of employees against wage discrimination.