Wage Discrimination

Wage Discrimination. Generally speaking, discrimination based upon one's protected status (e.g., age, gender, disability, race, sex) is unlawful. Certain laws apply to specific circumstances applicable to wages. For example, the Federal Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying employees of one sex less than employees of another sex. California's Equal Pay Act, Labor Code section 1197.5, expressly prohibits paying wage rates at a lower rate on the basis of sex, gender, race or ethnicity. California Labor Code section 432.3 prohibits California employers from considering past salary history in making salary determinations for prospective employees, seeking past salary history from applicants, and requires employers to provide payscales for positions where requested.