Discrimination in the Workplace
The California Equal Pay law prohibits discrimination against
employees on the basis of sex in the payment of wages.
Therefore, male and female employees in the same classification
who perform substantially the same quantity and quality of work
are entitled to equal pay, unless pay differentials are based on
bona fide factors other than sex, such as seniority or merit. An
employer who denies a person the equal pay guaranteed by this law
is liable to the affected employee for any difference in wages
due the employee, plus interest. The employer is also liable for
damages in an amount equal to the total amount of lost wages.
This law is enforced by the Division of Labor
Standards Enforcement of the State Department of
Industrial Relations. If you believe your rights
under the Equal Pay Law have been violated, you
may file a complaint with the Division. To file a
complaint, go to any of the district offices
maintained by the Division's Bureau of Field
Enforcement. You can find the address of the
nearest you by consulting your telephone
directory. The headquarter office's general
information number is (415) 703-4590.