Chester, PA asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Pennsylvania

Q: My coworker with the same job title and same job duties makes 13,000 more then me. And has been with the company less.

I have been a manager at a large retailer for the past 9 years, my coworker who was hired at a higher position and then stepped down and was able to keep his pay and now makes 13000 more then me, he has only been with the company for 2 years vs. myself who has been with the company for 18 years. We have the same title, the same responsibilities, but since I have more knowledge and experience, I am the manager who is charge of most of the projects around the store and making 13000 less then my coworker. I've talked to my manager and my HR representatives, who all say it is not fair, but there is nothing they can do about it.

1 Lawyer Answer
Casey Green
Casey Green
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: You did not reveal your gender, but among other potential claims, you may have a cause of action under the the Equal Pay Act, which requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work. The jobs need not be identical, but they must be substantially equal and this is determined by job content and not job title. Feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

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