Even though the election is months away, Texas politicians are discussing a hot issue right now: equal pay for women. Keith Clouse, a Dallas employment lawyer, explains the current law.
Both Texas and the United States have laws requiring employers to pay equal wages to women and men who perform substantially equal work. The federal law has an additional layer: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 clarifies that each paycheck that contains discriminatory compensation is actionable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Congress enacted this law so that a person could pursue a claim when she discovered a pay differential, even if the discriminatory decision to pay her less money than her male peers had been made years earlier.
The Texas Supreme Court rejected the argument that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 applies to lawsuits brought under the Texas statute. Therefore, under Texas law, a pay discrimination complaint must generally be brought within 180 days of the date the claimant is informed of the compensation decision.
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