Mississippi Equal Pay/Comparable Worth: What you need to know

Many states have laws prohibiting gender-based differences in compensation for jobs requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility that are performed under similar working conditions. These laws are commonly known as equal pay acts. Other states have gone further and enacted prohibitions against gender-based pay discrimination between jobs that, though not equal (or even similar), are of comparable value to the employer. These laws are known as comparable worth laws.
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Mississippi does not have legislation addressing either equal pay or comparable worth. However, employers that are covered under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (i.e., engaged in interstate commerce) are subject to the requirements of the federal Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which does prohibit paying men and women differently for substantially equal jobs.
State law prohibits public employers from discriminating against employees or applicants on the basis of sex (MS Code Sec. 25-9-149).
Two federal statutes prohibit gender-based differences in pay, most notably the EPA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and some courts take the position that any violation of the EPA is also a violation of Title VII.
Under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (Ledbetter Act), Title VII and other federal fair employment laws were amended so that each paycheck affected by an employer's prior discriminatory practice or decision constitutes an unlawful discriminatory act that triggers a new deadline for filing a pay discrimination claim. An employee alleging discrimination must be able to show that the paycheck or ...

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