|March 1, 2010 | www.fisherphillips.com|
For many years, wage-discrimination claims brought under Title VII have not been prevalent. In fiscal 2009, only 1% of charges filed with the EEOC included an Equal Pay Act claim. In lawsuits, wage-discrimination claims are normally seen only as an appendage to termination claims. This may be because wage differentials often are small and do not create significant monetary damages. For example, a $1.00 an hour wage differential will create only $2000.00 in economic damages each year. That may now change.