Compensation Discrimination Lawyers – Equal Pay for Equal Work
Employees who perform similar work ought to receive similar pay. Workers in New York are protected by several different laws that govern wage and compensation disparities, including New York State Law, New York City Law, and Federal Law (such as the Civil Rights Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act). If you feel like you are receiving less because of your age, race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or other protected status, then you may have several avenues available to protect your rights — including to help you recover the compensation you are owed.
Whether blatantly or indirectly, some companies base their compensation policies on arbitrary or outright discriminatory principles. For example, maybe males are promoted more often or Caucasian individuals receive raises in a greater number. Leeds Brown Law P.C., was founded on the idea that the labor market shouldn’t unjustly reward some while denying others equal opportunities to benefit from their hard work.
Leeds Brown Law, P.C. can help you begin the process of investigating or devising a legal strategy to address wage disparities or unequal compensation. Many times, the key to being able to pursue these types of claims may start with documents or information you already have available to — or information that our firm can find publicly. Call Leeds Brown Law, P.C. at 516.873.9550 or request a confidential free consultation through the submission to the left.
Understanding Compensation Discrimination
There are plenty of legally valid reasons to set different compensation rates for different employees. The problem arises when employers decide to play favorites and make HR decisions that reflect their own biases. For instance, it’s illegal to:
- Pay someone less than a similar coworker might receive because of their gender or sexual orientation,
- Withhold benefits or bonuses from an employee due to their sex, race, national origin, disability, religion, or ethnicity, or
- Prevent people from advancing to higher-paying positions because of their disability status.
Unfortunately, these kinds of discrimination are far too common in countless workplaces. Labor scientists have long noted massive inequalities between what different people get paid depending on everything from their ages to their cultural backgrounds or veteran statuses. Some employees might also feel discouraged from pursuing claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, due to the potential for retaliation from their bosses, which is also illegal.
There are multiple avenues for relief, whether through public filings, confidential negotiations, or being part of a group or class action. Leeds Brown Law, P.C. can help you evaluate the best strategy for your case and your facts.
What can you do to secure fair pay?
The key to fighting compensation discrimination lies in taking formal action and retaining the right firm to help you. Although your company might not provide viable avenues for fixing pay disparities, various government entities like the EEOC and New York State Division of Human Rights maintains a sophisticated, statistics-based framework for determining whether employers are violating the law.
Under certain laws, you will need to utilize such processes with the government agencies. For others, you may be entitled to take your case directly to Court. Work with the lawyers and professionals at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. to decide the best course of action for your case.
Is Making a Complaint Worth It?
Inequal pay doesn’t just impact you. It can stop your family members from enjoying the opportunities that they deserve. It also contributes to a workplace environment that normalizes discriminatory action, making it more likely that your marginalized coworkers and peers will bear similar burdens.
Talking to an attorney about your suspicions of compensation discrimination is a wise way to move forward without jeopardizing your position. In some cases, this course of action is highly preferable to speaking with your boss or supervisor because many companies guilty of such practices instantly go into denial mode when confronted. By seeking outside legal advice from a reputable source of knowledge, you can get a better feel for whether what happened to you was actually prohibited — and whether you have a valid case.
Work with a compensation discrimination attorney that fights tirelessly for you.
Compensation discrimination is prohibited by several laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you believe that you’ve been discriminated against as a member of a protected class, then you might have grounds for speaking up.
The key to filing a valid lawsuit lies in getting informed about your rights and the hoops you’ll need to jump through. By getting in touch with an attorney at Leeds Brown Law P.C., you can contribute to a healthier workplace culture not just for yourself and your coworkers but for all New Yorkers. You might also improve your chances of rectifying past wrongs or receiving a monetary settlement.
If you’re seeking back pay, a reinstatement, a promotion, or monetary damages, then reach out to one of our attorneys. Compensation discrimination happens, but you deserve better than having to live with it or suffer in silence. Discover more about your options and how Leeds Brown Law P.C., can help by calling today at 516.873.9550.
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