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Article by Bianca Rodriguez


In the glamorous city of Las Vegas, where fortunes are won and lost in the blink of an eye, there lies a crucial issue often overlooked: equal pay. While the city shines with its opulent casinos and extravagant lifestyle, the fight for equality in the workplace persists. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, on average, women working full time, year-round are paid 83.7% of what men are paid.

What is the Equal Pay Act?

Promulgated in 1963 as an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act (EPA) is a federal law intended to abolish wage disparity based on gender. Its core principle is simple: equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender. The EPA ensures that men and women receive the same compensation for performing substantially similar work within the same establishment.

Key Points of the Equal Pay Act:

  • Equal Work: The EPA mandates that employees performing jobs requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility under similar working conditions must receive equal compensation, irrespective of gender.
  • Exceptions: Pay differentials are permitted when they are based on seniority, merit, quantity, quality of production, or a factor other than sex. These are known as "affirmative defenses" and it is the employer's burden to prove that they apply.
  • Legal Remedies: Individuals who believe their rights under the EPA have been violated can pursue legal remedies. They may be able to recover compensation for back pay, attorney’s fees, and litigation costs. In cases involving intentional sex-based wage discrimination under the EPA, victims cannot recover either compensatory or punitive damages but may be entitled to recover back wages in the amount of double the back pay award (called “liquidated damages”). 

In the vibrant and diverse workforce of Las Vegas, the Equal Pay Act serves as a shield against discrimination and inequality. Whether you are a cocktail waitress on the Strip or a corporate executive in a high-rise office, the EPA applies to all employees, regardless of industry or occupation. By understanding your rights under this legislation, you empower yourself to demand fairness and accountability from your employer.

Whether it is unpaid overtime, denied breaks, or misclassification as an independent contractor, we have the expertise to ensure you get the pay you rightfully deserve.

Contact our Las Vegas employment law attorneys today!




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