Get An Attorney If You Think You Are A Victim Of Wage Discrimination

Equal pay doesn't mean that two people doing the exact same job are going to get the exact same pay. There are many valid reasons why those people might get paid differently while doing the same job. For example, one person may have more education or experience than another. What equal pay refers to is ensuring that the two people aren't getting paid differently usually because of the gender of one of the people. Usually, this happens to women. They get paid less money than men doing the same job, without any reason other than the fact that they are women. However, it does occasionally happen the other way around. If you think you are the victim of pay discrimination because of your gender, you have options open to you. 

Find Your Worth

You should first look around and see what other people in your industry and your position are getting paid. You can find websites that list salaries for different industries in different regions. You can also talk to the people in your own company who are in the same position as you. You have the right to discuss wages with your coworkers, protected by federal law. You cannot be fired for discussing wages with your coworkers. When you are armed with that information, you will be a step closer to getting the salary you deserve for the work you put in. 

Find an Attorney

It may come to the point where you need to file a lawsuit and go to court to fight the wage discrimination you are fighting. You will need an attorney who specializes in this aspect of law. It's better to start working with an attorney early in the process because they may be able to help you avoid having to go to court while still getting your equal pay. For example, if you go to your bosses to ask to get your salary raised so that it is equitable, your attorney can help you word your request so that it sounds strong and is hard to turn down. 

Wage discrimination is a very real and persistent problem. If you are a victim of wage discrimination because of your gender, you have steps that you can take to fight that discrimination. You may need an attorney to help you, so start looking early in the process to find someone who can help you with your fight.  

For more information about equal pay, contact a local lawyer.