Equal Pay Act violations. Employers must pay equal pay for equal work, regardless of sex

The Equal Pay Act (EPA) protects individuals of all sexes. All forms of compensation are covered, including salary, overtime pay, bonuses, life insurance, vacation and holiday pay, cleaning or gasoline allowances, hotel accommodations, reimbursement for travel expenses, and benefits. If there is an inequality in wages between people of different sexes who perform substantially equal jobs, employers must raise wages to equalize pay but may not reduce the wages of other individuals.

The courts have held that to prevail in an EPA claim, the employees of different sexes must have substantially the same experience, education, performance evaluations, and disciplinary records.