Isn’t Equal Pay a Federal Law?
Having a law is one thing; enforcing it is another. The Equal Pay Act of 1963, a federal law, was enacted “to prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.” It’s overseen by the EEOC, but here’s the rub: enforcement is reactive. Issues don’t surface as part of a regular monitoring program, they surface when women file claims.
Putting the burden of complaining about wages onto employees creates a real problem: even if you’re paid unfairly, can you afford the risk of reporting your employer to the government?