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Los Angeles Equal Pay Act Attorneys

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Representing Your Right to Fair Pay

While there are different federal and state laws throughout our country designed to protect the wages of different employees, California leads the way in protecting employees from discriminatory wages through the Fair Pay Act in 2016 (also known as the Equal Pay Act). Following this law, California has now become one of the states with the highest enforcement of equity for employees’ pay.

Section 1197.5 of the California Labor Code is the main statute requiring parity and equality for pay between employees of different genders or different ethnicities. It has been a strong tool in moving towards true equality of wages and blocking disparity of pay for subjective and often discriminatory justifications. In particular, employers are banned from giving lower wages to one gender or ethnicity when both perform substantially similar work under similar working conditions. If your employer is not adhering to this law, our Los Angeles Equal Pay Act lawyers will passionately defend your right to be paid an equal wage.

I don't have words to thank you the king and Siegel team worked so hard on my case during the pandemic and I am so grateful and proud of my outcome with them. They are reasonable and reliable. Those you can trust .. everytime I had a question they would answer it I recommend them 100 percent.. am so thankful for the team .. my worries and stress are over .. a huge weight over my shoulder was lifted and was able to help my family during this hard time thank you so much king and Siegel team..
Vanessa Ponce
Vanessa Ponce
March 8, 2022
I was really nervous about hiring a lawyer but Julian and everyone in her office made the process as stress-free as it could be. She is kind, reassuring and confident and that helps make the process feel less scary. she also knows what kinds of outcomes are reasonable and will explain in detail why, and has a plan to get there. I cannot recommend her more highly.
Ines Martinez
Ines Martinez
March 8, 2022
I had the pleasure of being represented by this wonderful office and their attorneys! They were very quick about answering any questions and most times explained things so well that my questions were answered before I got the chance to ask them. I had an amazing experience, everyone is kind and very attentive to your wants and needs. A case can be very stressful and they did a great job at keeping me sane and comfortable through the entire process. I recommend them 100%.
Adrianna Sells
Adrianna Sells
October 25, 2021
This in an incredibly professional and responsive firm. There was an ease about getting initial information, scheduling, and working with their talented team. While I found it to be true of everyone that I encountered here, it was Julian Burns King that really went above and beyond. Her expertise, experience, and knowledge of employment law and its many facets coupled with her empathy and compassion for her clients, is truly one of a kind. I would absolutely recommend King & Siegel to anyone in need of legal advice or representation.
Jeri Mares
Jeri Mares
October 12, 2021
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Evelyn A
Evelyn A
September 25, 2021
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Ramon Rodriguez
Ramon Rodriguez
December 9, 2020
Julian & Elliot are very good lawyers and I am glad I trusted them with my case. When I hired attorneys, I didn't know what to look for, but I am glad I found them. They were always attentive to my case and I never felt lost even though I did not have any prior experience with litigation. Ultimately, they got a result I was happy with and I am so glad I had them to help me put this experience behind me. You would be lucky to have them in your corner.
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Ryan J
August 5, 2020
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July 15, 2020

Contact us now at (213) 465-4802 so you can rely on our zealous Los Angeles Equal Pay Act lawyers at King & Siegel LLP for detailed answers to your questions.

Understanding the California Equal Pay Act

Since 2018, the California Legislature has made a number of changes to the Equal Pay Act to strengthen it and afford additional rights to employees. There were two primary changes made to offer further protection for employees who were suffering from continued violations of their rights to equal pay. The first alteration was created to reduce the number of hurdles an employee needed to get across simply to prove their rights had been infringed upon.

For example, in the past, a female employee would have needed to prove that she had the exact same role and work as a male colleague, but now she could only need to show her work was “substantially similar.” This was a critical step because employers had been giving women fake job titles that were inconsistent with the realities of their jobs to justify the fact that they were not being paid equally.

Now, the only way that an employer can pay different pay to employees of different gender or ethnicity is if the higher-paid employee has:

  • An otherwise non-discriminatory seniority-based pay system;
  • An otherwise non-discriminatory merit-based pay system;
  • An otherwise non-discriminatory production quantity or quality-based pay system;
  • A bonafide otherwise non-discriminatory factor that is consistent with business necessity, such as education, training, or experience.

Removal of Pay Secrecy

A second primary distinction that marked progression from the original Equal Pay Act was the fact that companies were required to exhibit much more honesty and transparency at the workplace when it came to payments different employees were receiving. In the past, employers could penalize their workers for discussing or asking about their wages. Now, employees are expressly free to discuss their wages and any retaliation is prohibited. After all, denying employees the right to talk about their wages meant that workers, particularly women, would not know they were being maltreated through wage discrimination.

Combatting Employer Retaliation

When people have exposed terrible equal pay violations made by immoral and corrupt employers or even entire businesses, these upright citizens should never be punished for their honesty but should be able to speak openly without fear of retaliation. Our Los Angeles Equal Pay Act attorneys are here to be sure that you not only get your fair salary or wages but that your employer will not dare to retaliate against you for getting true justice.

Our experienced legal team also handles other types of employment law cases, including cases surrounding:

If you have been wronged in the workplace, call King & Siegel, LLP now for a free consultation! We offer a free 30-minute case evaluation and work on a contingency basis, which means you don’t pay us unless you win.

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