In the workplace, wage discrepancies are serious. If men and women perform equal work, then they should receive equal pay. A woman cannot receive less than a man because of her sex. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Equal Pay Act is a vehicle that requires women and men to receive equal pay for equal work.

The Equal Pay Act includes pay and benefits. Do you know if you are receiving equal pay? Do you know how to distinguish equal work and equal pay?

What is equal work?

There are misconceptions when it comes to the term equal work. Equal work does not mean identical work. Equal work means that the work must be substantially equal. To determine equal work, you do not have to consider the job title. You must consider the job content.

What is equal pay?

As said above, equal pay includes pay and benefits. If you are not sure what that means, here are some of the inclusions:

  • Salary
  • Overtime
  • Bonuses
  • Life insurance
  • Holiday pay
  • Benefits

What you may not realize is pay also includes certain accommodations. For instance, if you travel frequently for business but do not receive any reimbursements or accommodations while members of the other sex do, then that is not equal. If a company decides to pay for the business trips of men and not for the female employees, then this is discrimination based on sex.

In addition to sex discrimination, companies cannot discriminate anyone based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability or age. Every employee deserves equal pay for equal work.