Sterling Jeweler, owner of the subsidiaries, Kay Jewelers and Zales, just announced on June 9, 2022 that it will shell out $125 million to a class of nearly 70,000 women to settle their claims of gender discrimination in pay and promotions, plus $50 million to cover their attorneys’ fees in the long running lawsuit.
Sometimes you and a coworker may perform substantially similar work even if it is not immediately obvious. For example, if you are a woman employed as a “coordinator” at a marketing agency office, your male peer may be a “manager.” While your titles differ – and your male colleague’s title might even sound more important – your job responsibilities are extremely similar, to the extent you often divide and conquer tasks from the same pool of work assignments. Despite the fact that you each have a different title, there is a good chance you are entitled to the same salary as your male peer in this scenario. Both of your jobs require a similar level of skill, effort, and responsibility, with near-identical working conditions.
Title discrepancies can be a major factor in concealing wage gap violations. Offending employers can provide a different title to justify a higher salary for a particular employee, even if their work is substantially similar to others who are being paid less. You should pay attention to situations where an employee has an important title but otherwise appears to have the same work responsibilities as you.
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