Equal Pay Act for Employees

Equal Pay Act for Employees

Updated Apr 29, 2020

Equal pay for equal work. If two people are doing the same job for the same company, they should be paid the same, whether they are men or women, right? Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Historically, women have been paid less than men for doing the same job. This is called the "gender wage gap." It was a big problem in 1963, when President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. It's still a problem today, over 50 years later. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau found that for full-time, year-round workers, women made about 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. In this course, we'll take a closer look at the protections provided by the Equal Pay Act, or EPA. We'll also look at the steps you should take if you feel you have been discriminated against.