Florida Equal Pay Lawyer
Despite the existence of various federal and state laws aimed at eliminating wage disparity and discrimination, these issues persist in many workplaces across Florida.
This type of discrimination creates an intimidating work environment, and the anxiety of stalled career progression further strains work-life balance, leaving countless employees feeling undervalued and frustrated.
But you’re not alone in this journey. Yormak Employment & Disability Law has represented employees throughout Florida facing unequal pay due to workplace discrimination. Our experienced team can provide expert legal advice and help you fight for the compensation you deserve – which may even include double back-pay. Schedule a free consultation.
Florida Anti-Discrimination Laws
Florida has established laws to protect workers’ rights and promote equal pay. These laws include anti-discrimination measures designed to safeguard employees from unfair treatment. Here is an overview of these anti-discrimination laws:
The Equal Pay Act
The Equal Pay Act (EPA) requires employers to pay equal wages to men and women who perform essentially the same job. Employee benefits and rights should also be fair. Moreover, employers cannot retaliate against employees who file claims or assist with investigations under the Act.
Promoting equal pay for equivalent work is key to creating a work environment without gender-based wage gaps. However, despite EPA provisions, unfair pay persists due to sex discrimination.
Florida Civil Rights Act
The Florida Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on gender, race, age, and disability. This Act aligns with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Under Title VII, it is unlawful to discriminate against any person regarding hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws to safeguard individuals from discrimination in the workplace. The EEOC oversees legislation such as Title VII claims for gender discrimination, in addition to other statutes like the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which provide protections against discrimination in the workplace.
Common Equal Pay Violations
Equal pay violations can take various forms:
Wage Disparity/ Unfair Compensation
Wage disparity or unfair compensation occurs when employees performing the same job are paid differently based on gender, race, or age. This form of discrimination undermines the principle of equal pay for equal work.
Unequal Benefits and Treatment for the Same Job
Unequal benefits and treatment for the same job can lead to equal pay claims if employees are given different benefits or opportunities than others in the same position. This can manifest as differences in job assignments, duties, or responsibilities.
Unequal Work Responsibilities for the Same Job Title
Unequal work responsibilities for the same job title can lead to equal pay claims if employees are given different tasks or levels of responsibility based on gender. This form of discrimination may result in unequal pay and limit employees’ opportunities for growth and development.
Filing a Claim Under Florida’s Equal Pay Law
In Florida, if you believe you’ve been a victim of wage disparity or discrimination based on gender, you may file a claim under the Equal Pay Act.
Filing a claim can seem daunting, but achieving justice and ensuring employers are held accountable for their actions is your right. Seeking legal representation is the first step to ensure you follow the right process and meet all deadlines, increasing your chances of a favorable outcome.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you feel you’ve been a victim of wage disparity, don’t hesitate to contact Yormak Employment & Disability Law for a free consultation. With years of experience fighting for Florida employees’ rights, our team is always ready to provide the guidance you need. Don’t let wage disparity go unchecked. Schedule a free consultation today.