Gender Equality

Shavitz Law Group serves and protects employees in class action cases, who have been subject to unlawful bias in the workplace or denied pay for all work they perform.  As advocates for workplace fairness, we fight to protect women’s rights in all industries, across all professions, and at all employment levels.

The Equal Pay Act protects women from being paid less wages than their male counterparts for jobs which require equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions. However, companies are violating this law. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, companies pay men much more than women who perform similar duties. For every dollar, a man earns, a woman with the same qualifications and skills earns 82 cents. The Equal Pay Act also prevents employers from providing better benefit programs for men and developing bonus programs that favor men over women.

For example, large banks have faced claims that they violated the Equal Pay Act by paying men 40% more in bonuses than women.  Compounding the difference in pay, women are not promoted at the same frequency and to the same desired positions as equally qualified men. As the #MeToo movement has shown, males dominate the top positions in companies and women cannot climb the ranks like male counterparts. When a woman takes maternity leave, companies view that as abandoning the company and choosing a family over the company. When that woman returns to work, she does not have the same opportunities for advancement as her male co-workers. The law prevents companies from taking these actions and the Shavitz Law Group stands up for women who face such discrimination.

Shavitz Law Group is dedicated to stopping companies who violate the Equal Pay Act and treat women as second-class citizens.  An employer cannot retaliate for filing an Equal Pay Act claim or cooperating with an Equal Pay Act investigation. In addition, if there is an improper pay difference, an employer cannot lower wages to equal out employees’ pay.

Similar to other wage laws, the Equal Pay Act allows workers to bring their lawsuit collectively, as a type of class action. The statute of limitations, or time allowed for filing or joining a lawsuit under the Equal Pay Act, is within two years of when the alleged Equal Pay Act violation took place. A three-year limit applies for willful violations of the law.  If you win your Equal Pay Act case, the court may award you damages for back pay or wages, and an equal amount in liquidated damages, along with attorney’s fees and costs. So-called “equitable relief,” such as ordering your employer to stop certain conduct, may be ordered as well.

If you feel as if you’ve been discriminated against at work based on your gender, please complete the Contact Us form to the right, and a member of our law firm will contact you for an evaluation of your case.