On anniversary of Equal Pay Act, women and men’s wages still differ

June 10 marked the 61st anniversary of the Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963, which prohibits employers from paying workers different wages for the same work solely based on sex. 

While the passage of the EPA was an important victory in narrowing the gender wage gap, pay inequality still persists.

Women overall typically are paid 84 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts, and that number has barely changed in the past 20 years.

And the gap is even larger when you compare the earnings of women of color to white men.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is broader in scope than the EPA.

While the EPA only prohibits discrimination based on sex regarding wages and promotions.

Title VII also protects classes in addition to sex (including race, color, religion, and national origin).

If you feel you have been paid unfairly because of your sex, you can file a claim under either law. In fact, many employees file claims under both the EPA and Title VII. 


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