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

The Nebraska Equal Pay Law prohibits discrimination in wages between employees in the same establishment solely on the basis of sex by paying wages to any employee at a wage rate less than the rate it pays employees of the opposite sex for equal work on jobs that require equal skill, effort, and responsibility under similar working conditions. The Law covers all public employers and private employers with two or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1219 et seq.).
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Under the Law, it is also unlawful to:
• Reduce the wages of any employee in order to comply with the Law.
• Cause or attempt to cause an employer to violate the Law.
• Discharge or discriminate against any employees because they have filed a claim or assisted in any manner in the enforcement of the Law.
Pay differentials are permitted if based in good faith on:
• A seniority system,
• A merit system,
• A system based on quantity or quality of production, or
• Any factor other than sex.
The Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act (NFEPA) prohibits employers from compensation discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, marital status, and national origin (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1104). The Nebraska Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits compensation discrimination based on age (40 years and older) (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1001).
Under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the federal fair employment laws were amended so that each paycheck affected by an employer's prior discriminatory practice or decision constitutes an unlawful ...

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