Equal Pay Act

2473 WordsApr 29, 200510 Pages
Chapter 1: The Scenario The story begins at a local Wal-Mart super center, its Friday, payday. As employees open their paychecks they are awaiting their annual raise. As one employee, Sue opens up her paycheck she finds she has not yet received a raise; she has waited all year for this raise. She is very sad to find she did not receive one, she begins to think maybe she did something wrong. She starts to think back through the year, and can not seem to come up with any solutions as to why she did not receive one. She really felt she worked especially hard that year in hopes to receive a good raise and really felt she deserved to be recognized for it. In the break room she overhears John, her follow co-worker, bragging to their…show more content…
She finds out that the federal Equal Pay act has been on the books for nearly 40 years however it is little known and underutilized. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 has great potential to redress wage discrimination because it says comparable work and responsibility require equal pay. Sue was outraged by her finding at work, regarding her co-workers higher compensation. Sue knew there was more she could do, she started searching the internet. She knew that was a great place to find information about situations like hers. Multiple results were found on the internet, but the most influential was from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Here she found the information she had been looking for, all the terms definitions and guidelines of the Equal Pay Act of 1963. As she was reading the organizations website she discovered that The Equal Pay Act was intended to ensure the American citizens rights in obtaining equal pay and other employment related benefits for equal work. Sue thought to herself that this law was proving an injustice at her work place. The Equal Pay Act is an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and requires full wages and other benefits for equal skill and responsibility, performed under similar working conditions. The law only requires the jobs to be substantially equal and thus, employers must be particularly aware of the issue of comparable work and pay. While Sue is
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