Better heed Ledbetter: Audit pay policies to ensure equal pay

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Several federal employment laws bar discrimination in employee pay and benefits. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, gender, national origin, or religion. Congress also passed the Equal Pay Act, which reaffirms equal pay for equal work for men and women.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 protects workers age 40 or older. Fearing employers might attempt to nudge or even push older workers out the door, Congress passed the ADEA to outlaw policies that give older workers less favorable pay and benefits than their younger counterparts.

Congress has also consistently ruled employers may not pay disabled workers less than other workers performing the same work even if those workers require reasonable accommodations. The Rehabilitation Act holds government employers and government contractors accountable for discrimination against disabled work...(register to read more)

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