Kansas Equal Pay/Comparable Worth laws & HR compliance analysis

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

The Kansas Equal Pay Law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees within any establishment where the employees work by paying employees of one sex wages at a rate less than the rate of wages paid to employees of the opposite sex for equal work on jobs requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility and performed under similar working conditions. The Law applies to all employers in the state regardless of size (KS Stat. Sec. 44-1205).
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Retaliation prohibited.An employer is prohibited from discharging or discriminating against any employee who has complained about a violation of the law to the employer or to the labor secretary; instituted a proceeding under the law; testified in a proceeding; or is about to institute or testify in a proceeding (KS Stat. Sec. 44-1210).
Variations in pay for male and female employees in the same classification of work are allowed if based on:
• Seniority
• Merit
• Quantity or quality of production
• A factor other than sex
The Kansas Act Against Discrimination prohibits an employer from compensation discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, or ancestry (KS Stat. Sec. 44-1009). The Kansas Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits pay discrimination based on age (40 years of age or over) (KS Stat. Sec. 44-1111 et seq.). Both acts cover private employers with four or more employees and all state and local government agencies, regardless of size (KS Stat. Sec. 44-1002).
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 ...

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