Texas Equal Pay Acts laws & compensation compliance analysis

Texas Equal Pay Acts: What you need to know

Public employers. The Texas Equal Pay Act provides that all women employed by the state of Texas must be paid the same as men performing the same kind, grade, and quantity of service and that no distinctions in compensation may be made based on sex (TX Govt. Code Sec. 659.001).
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There is no comparable state law that covers private employers. However, Texas employers engaged in interstate commerce are covered by the federal Equal Pay Act. There is additional information.
In addition, the Texas Human Rights Commission Act (TCHRA) prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, or age, in connection with compensation or the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment (TX Labor Code Sec. 21.051 et seq.). The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees. There is additional information and details.
Under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the 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 other compensation was affected by a past discriminatory act.
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that the Lilly Ledbetter Act was not automatically incorporated into the provisions of the TCHRA despite language in the general purposes section of the state law, which states that one of its purposes is to “provide for the execution of the policies of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its subsequent amendments” (Prairie ...

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