The Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) specifically forbids that practice of paying unequal wages for equal work to employees of the opposite sex. The EPA also protects employees from retaliation.
In the broadest sense, retaliation is when an employer takes a materially adverse action because an employee asserts his rights protected by the law. Equal pay retaliation occurs when an employer takes an adverse employment action (i.e. refusing to hire, firing, demotion, suspension without pay, or some other material change in the terms or conditions of employment) because the employee made a complaint regarding equal pay or instituted a proceeding related to the EPA.
Victims of equal pay retaliation may be able to obtain monetary damages, as well as, their attorney fees and costs. If you have suffered from equal pay retaliation in the workplace, please contact the employment lawyers at LaBar & Adams, P.A. in Orlando at 407-835-8968 or fill out the online form located on our website.