What Can I Do if Comparable Male Employees are Paid More Than Me?
Paying men and women differently for the same or comparable work is a form of gender discrimination. It is also separately prohibited under federal and state equal pay laws.
The federal Equal Pay Act includes the language "equal" work, while the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act speaks of "comparable" work, a somewhat more flexible standard that can account for unimportant distinctions in job roles when it comes to comparing pay. "Comparable" work under the Massachusetts law generally involves jobs that require equal skill, effort, and responsibility and are performed under similar working conditions.
Employers are also not supposed to bar you from discussing pay with co-workers. Under Massachusetts law, they further cannot ask you about your salary history in the interview process until they have made a firm offer of employment with proposed compensation terms.
Learn more here about federal and state equal pay laws.
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