Although many Texas workers believe that wage discrimination is only a women's issue, there is evidence to suggest that many different groups of workers are at risk for experiencing unequal pay issues. These groups include older workers, workers with disabilities and men.
According to charge filings data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission covering the last four fiscal years, it is true that the majority of charges that allege wage discrimination that is based on gender are filed by women. However, a portion of wage discrimination charges that were based on gender were filed by men. In fact, over that period, men made up an average of 15 percent of all gender-based wage discrimination claims per year.
Due to the evidence and data, it is clear that there is a need for concrete solutions and tools to help employers combat wage discrimination in all of its forms. One essential tool, for example, is the Employer Information Report. This report requires businesses that employ 100 or more workers to include an annual demographic breakdown of their workforce. The report now also requires employers to include pay data, which should allow for more valuable insight into pay inequalities based on differences such as age, disability and gender.
Employees are entitled to fair pay for the work that they do. While discrimination is illegal, wage inequalities are still a major hurdle for many groups of workers, including women, those who are disabled and older employees. If there is evidence that a worker is receiving less than fair wages due to discrimination, an employment law attorney might be of assistance.