Generally speaking, Texas employers must pay workers equally for doing equal work. Vice Media, the national digital media giant, is facing a lawsuit from a former employee who claims that the company consistently paid female workers less than male workers. The suit also claims that these actions violated the Federal Equal Pay Act and similar laws in New York and California. The woman worked as a manager for the company for 12 years until 2016.
A review of internal memos that had salary information on them was what led the employee to find the alleged difference in pay between men and woman. According to those salary figures, men and women were paid differently for similar work. The woman asked that the suit be given class status and that those who may have been impacted by the pay disparity be compensated accordingly. In a statement, Vice said that it aimed to create an inclusive workplace.
It outlined its vision to have equal numbers of male and female workers at all levels by 2020. The company also said that it had started a pay parity audit in the past year to further create a fair workplace environment. In addition to this lawsuit, Vice has settled others related to sexual harassment. One of the cases involved the president of the company.
Failing to pay workers the same rate for the same work may be a violation of employee rights. Those who feel that their rights were violated may wish to pursue legal action. If a claim is successful, workers may be entitled to damages including back pay. Affected workers could also seek punitive damages or other forms of compensation as provided by law. In some cases, it's possible for employees to take legal action as a class as opposed to individually.