Most people know that there has been a pay gap between men and women in the US workforce. It has always been there, and it is present in just about every industry in the country. At the Azadian Law Group, PC, our Los Angeles discrimination attorneys want to discuss the pay gap not just between men and women, but the one that exists for Hispanic women. We are dedicated to helping those who face unfair practices in the workplace. Call us today if you think you are being discriminated against at work.
November 20 was Latina Equal Pay Day. While you can be forgiven if you missed it, you cannot be forgiven if you are fine with the pay gap between Latinas and everyone else in the workforce.
Latinas typically only earn 54.4 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. That means it takes 23 months for a Latino to earn what a white man earns in a year.
There is new research out from LeanIn.Org, SurveyMonkey, and UnidosUs (nonprofit research, policy, and advocacy group serving the Hispanic community). They polled 5,690 people and found that:
There is an overriding reason for the pay gap between Latinas and others in the workforce – prejudice. 52% of people polled think that the pay gap exists because of prejudice against Latinas.
In reality, it is likely a combination of all three factors. Wage discrimination in California that is based on a person’s race, gender, ethnicity, or immigration status is illegal. For decades, the California Equal Pay Act has prohibited employers from paying employees of the opposite sex less for equal work. This law was strengthened in 2015 when Governor Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act.
There is no excuse for pay gaps between men and women, regardless of race or ethnicity, who perform the same work.
If you or a loved one are experiencing discrimination or wage discrepancies in the workplace, you should consult with a skilled attorney today. At the Azadian Law Group, PC, we are dedicated to creating fair workplaces for all employees in Los Angeles and throughout California. We will investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you deserve, including:
When you need a Los Angeles discrimination attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 213-229-9031.