As the country’s largest private employer, Walmart provides jobs to a full percent of working Americans. It also constantly receives backlash for allegations of employment law violations. From withholding back wages for overtime to nonexempt employees to underpaying women and providing them with few opportunities for advancement, the retail giant does not hold the best reputation as an employer. Most recently, the company has been accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing a dedicated employee of 15 years who happens to have Down syndrome.
Feeling like you’re being discriminated against at work is unsettling. For many employees, workplace discrimination is something that comes with the job. It shouldn’t be the case, but too many fear repercussions from their employer, and cannot risk losing their jobs and benefits.
There are state and federal laws in place to protect workers from age discrimination, just one of which is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). This federal law protects employees who are 40 or older from age-based discrimination in hiring, promoting, discharge, compensation, or terms/ conditions/ privileges of employment. The ADEA is enforced by the EEOC and supported by employment attorneys who fight to protect workers’ rights.
In 2016, it was revealed that major television stars Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Emmy Rossum (Shameless) earned less than male counterparts for roles that were equally popular among viewers. It is a distressing reminder that in this day and age, women continue to be robbed of well-deserved pay for equal work. From Hollywood TV sets to the desks of graphic designers, pay discrimination based on sex is still prevalent in society.
Although it is illegal to pay two employees different wages for the same work (while assuming relevant factors are equivalent, such as employee availability, dedication, education, and skill) it is a disturbing fact that the gender pay gap continues to thrive. If you believe that you may make less than male counterparts for equal work, there are a few steps you can take to build a case.