A recent Equal Pay Act lawsuit was brought against the University of Texas in May of 2021. According to the complaint, the women who work for the University of Texas at Austin were discriminated against when they brought a claim for sex discrimination. They were reportedly discriminated against based on their gender, their race, and their disability. The Equal Pay Act lawsuit names nine people who have come forward with complaints against the University of Texas at Austin.
This lawsuit is a part of the broader fight against gender discrimination in the workplace. Many have referred to the efforts by the Obama administration as “tying back pay.” A tiered Equal Pay Act lawsuit is similar to the back pay lawsuit; however, it targets the discrimination of gender in the workplace, rather than back pay.
Under the equal pay act, if an employee can prove that she has been discriminated against for being female or for being disabled, then she may be able to receive back pay for the period of discrimination. For instance, if the plaintiff works in a store for eight years without ever receiving any promotion or wage increase, that woman may be able to sue the store for back wages and compensation for suffering while trying to achieve a promotion. Similarly, a woman who is discriminated against in the workplace for being a woman may be able to receive damages for suffering while being discriminated against because of her gender.
Many employers have faced Equal Pay Act lawsuits in the past. In recent years, however, many more cases have been heard in court instead of before a judge or jury. An employment law firm specializing in these lawsuits has seen many successes in recovering money for their clients from corporations that deny these types of equal opportunity lawsuits. Many employers fight these lawsuits tooth and nail, but the Employment Law firm has experience in dealing with these types of cases. Many lawyers who specialize in this field have won tremendous fees from major corporations, thereby turning a nice profit for themselves.
A typical Equal Pay Act lawsuit will require proof that a defendant has engaged in a host of discriminatory acts. The first step will be for the plaintiff to show that he has suffered a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. For this type of case, a plaintiff may have to be able to prove that he was discriminated against based on his gender, race, national origin, age, religion, or other protected categories. After the plaintiff establishes that he has been harmed, the next step is to establish that the defendant has engaged in a host of activities that violated the disparate treatment principle. This principle is quite similar to the “back pay” theory that is used in labor relations cases.
In order to prevail in an Equal Pay Act lawsuit, it is important that the plaintiff prove two things: that he was discriminated against for reasons that would have had a likelihood of resulting in him losing future promotions or wages, and that he was subjected to the unlawful conduct for which he is suing. In most cases, the plaintiff will be able to establish both of these elements through direct or circumstantial evidence. Direct evidence usually refers to a plaintiff’s own testimony regarding discrimination. Circumstantial evidence, on the other hand, refers to any evidence that tends to make it likely that a defendant acted in a manner inconsistent with the laws of the country in which he works. One very important factor that will help plaintiffs win their cases and significantly increase the chances of their being awarded substantial compensation is that they must be able to show that their employers either consciously or subconsciously discriminated against them.