The Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibit employers from paying women less than they pay men for essentially the same job duties. Unfortunately, many women here in California and around the country continue to be victims of workplace discrimination when it comes to pay. Women retain the right to continue fighting this inequality to ensure that they receive equal pay for equal work.
California women who believe that they are being paid less than their male counterparts can start by gathering as much evidence (such as pay stubs, offer letter and job descriptions) as possible. However, be careful not to violate any laws or company rules in gathering such documentation. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides tips on what evidence to gather and how best to gather it.