Gender Discrimination in Pay

Generally, the Equal Pay Act ensures that men and women are paid equally for similar work. In Rhode Island, employers who have just one employee are covered by gender discrimination laws.

 The Act requires that male and female workers be paid equally if their work is “substantially similar.”

So what does this mean? Basically, if the jobs require substantially the same skill, effort and responsibility men and women must be paid equally for that work.

 There are many exceptions to this law: Seniority, merit, and any factor other than sex. As you can see, many of these exceptions are broad and far reaching. However, an employer will have to defend the legitimacy of these exceptions if challenged.