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Unfair wages? Consult the Equal Pay Act of 1963

If you're one of the lucky ones in Rhode Island, you may have a dream job where going to work every day is a pleasure. In reality, even those who love their jobs often encounter challenges in the normal course of duty. In short, some workdays are better than others are. However, if you are currently facing a problem that you believe is far more serious than the average workday mishap, you may want to carefully assess the situation to determine how best to proceed to resolve the issue.  

If the problem you're having relates to wages or other employment provisions, you may want to reach out for added support before taking formal action to address the problem in the workplace. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 is a good resource that clearly defines fair wage practices and can help you protect your rights

Get the facts before taking action

Many Rhode Island workers hesitate to fight against unlawful behavior in the workplace because they fear that doing so may make matters worse. While it's true that going up against your employer may be quite stressful, in the long run, it can help you rectify the problem and also may prevent future problems from occurring as well. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 governs such situations as follows:

  • This law states that employers may not pay one worker or group of workers less money based on their sex or some other identifying characteristic.
  • The law came into existence as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
  • Officials may inspect your workplace at regular intervals to make sure your employer complies with all regulations set forth in the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
  • The law not only protects you and your fellow workers from unfair wage and provision practices, it also protects your employ against duress to commit violations of the law.
  • Unfair wage practices are a form of workplace discrimination and may even intersect harassment laws, depending on your particular situation.

If you are not receiving fair wages for the work that you do or have been passed by for an expected increase in pay, promotion or bonus, and you believe the oversight was intentional and based on your sex, age or some other determining factor, you can bring your employer's actions to the attention of the appropriate officials. The law protects you against unlawful behavior in the workplace and there are support networks in place to help you protect your rights.

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