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Equal Pay Act:

The Equal Pay Act of 2003 prohibits employers with four or more employees from paying unequal wages to men and women for doing the same or substantially similar work, requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility, under similar working conditions for the same employer in the same county, except if the wage difference is based upon a seniority system, a merit system, a system measuring earnings by quantity or quality of production, or factors other than gender.

So I make 8.75 and two new hires make over 1.25 more than me. Does anyone think that the above law applies to my situation? I think it does. Guess what? The people at the Illinois Department of Labor think so as well:

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So now all I do is download the pdf and print it out at work, fill it out at work, and finally mail it out at work on their dime. So either I get a raise or the new ladies get a pay cut? Either way it only seems fair.

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6 Responses to ''Equal Pay Act''
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Gawain says:
August 11th, 2006 at 2:40 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORM!

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Turk says:
August 11th, 2006 at 2:42 am

You just wait.

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Gawain says:
August 11th, 2006 at 2:46 am

heh. revenge is a dish best served in a podcast.

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Lurker says:
August 11th, 2006 at 9:55 pm

You are getting screwed. That is total bullshit that they hire new people and pay them more.

Now is definitely the time to quit. This is unbelievable.

Good luck.

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Antiroleplay says:
August 13th, 2006 at 1:20 am

good luck.

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CanaDan says:
August 13th, 2006 at 10:55 pm

Haha, go for it dude.

Although, I’ve got to say, that I am currently working my first shift at my new hotel, and in my interview I told the GM of my wage expectations. $11/hr, no less.
He heeed and hawed for a bit, and said he’d have to get back to me about that as it would put me above a couple current employees. I didn’t give a rats ass, because I’m qualified, and damn good at what I do and I won’t do it for less than that.
He called me back and said it would be possible, but that we would be skipping my 3 month evaluation and so I’d qualify for a pay increase in 6 months instead.

Works for me, and here I am. The GM at the last hotel waited a full 2 weeks (the term of my “2 week” notice) before coming to me on my last shift and offering me $12/hr to stay. I’ll be honest; it piqued my interest, but after leaving my last shift and working a training shift immediately after, I knew that this new hotel had a better vibe. I can’t explain why I feel better about this place, it is a step down as far as hotels go, but I’ve just got a feeling in my gut, and like Stephen Colbert says, you gotta follow the gut.

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