Our Jupiter, FL Lawyer Holds Employers Accountable for Unfair Pay Claims
Just compensation for your labor in the Florida workplace
Our attorney at Pfeffer & Associates has almost 30 years of experience and the dedication to fight for justice in the Florida workplace. We uphold one of the most basic employment rights: just compensation for your labor. Our team handles unfair pay claims involving discrimination, workplace policies that result in unfair pay practices, minimum wage violations, unpaid labor, breaches of employment contracts and inadequate compensation for overtime and compulsory assignments.
If you perform the same job as another person, you deserve the same pay, regardless of your gender, age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, pregnancy or other arbitrary factors. Unfortunately, many employers continue to pay women, minorities, foreign nationals and other protected workers less than their counterparts. In addition, some employers try to circumvent wage laws regarding minimum wage, overtime pay, mandatory breaks and off-the-clock training and duties.
What laws protect you?
Your right to equal pay is protected in a number of federal and state statutes, including these vital laws that set the foundation for filing unfair pay claims:
- Fair Labor Standard Act of 1938 (FLSA) — Established a 44-hour workweek, a minimum wage, overtime pay and restrictions on the employment of minors
- Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) — Amended the Fair Labor Standard Act to narrow the gender pay gap
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — Prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex in employment practices, including wages and benefits
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) — Expanded the Civil Rights Act to include age as a protected category
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) — Includes provisions that protect workers who have disabilities from unfair pay and other employment practices
- Florida Civil Rights Act — Forbids discrimination based on a worker’s inclusion in one of the protected classes, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or marital status
- Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 — Amended the U.S. Civil Rights Act and redefined the tolling of the statute of limitations for filing an unequal pay lawsuit as triggered by each new paycheck, rather than at the moment the employer makes a discriminatory compensation decision
Actions you can take if you receive unequal compensation
Workers have a right to privacy in many employment matters, and you may not have access to the income information of your coworkers. The confidentiality of wage data may complicate your pay discrimination case. You may also lack crucial information about your colleagues’ benefits packages — such as life insurance, health insurance, stock options, bonuses, profit sharing, vacation time and expenses reimbursements — that are subject to the pay discrimination laws.
Your employer may allege that your duties require less skill, responsibility or experience than your coworker to defend the lower pay you receive — a common defense to unfair pay claims. If you are facing this or a similar situation, talking with our lawyer about the actions you can take to protect yourself and preserve evidence is in your best interests.
Hold your employer accountable for paying you less compensation than you are entitled to in West Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties
Discuss your unfair wages claim with our Jupiter firm. Call Pfeffer & Associates at 561-745-8011 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and learn about our contingency fee arrangement for handling your case.