By the Dolan Law Firm DEI Committee
Latina Equal Pay Day raises awareness about the wage gap and its impact on Latinx women and their families. It is recognized on October 21, 2021, because it is the day when Latina pay catches up to that of white, non-Hispanic men from the previous year. Today, Latinas typically earn only 57 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men and must work nearly 23 months to earn what white men earn in 12 months. #LatinaEqualPay
Learn more at the 2021 Latina Equal Pay Day & Essential Women Worker Summit happening today at 10 a.m. The Summit will feature worker action sessions, surveys and story collection, and policy/organizing strategy discussions.
In California, several laws and regulations attempt to bridge the pay gap such as California Equal Pay Act (Labor Code section 1197.5) which prohibits an employer from paying its employees less than employees of the opposite sex, or of another race, or of another ethnicity for substantially-similar work.In addition, employers are prohibited from using prior salary to justify any sex-, race-, or ethnicity-based pay difference. Additionally, Labor Code Section 432.3, prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history information, including compensation and benefits.
If you believe that you are being treated differently because of your race and/or gender, contact the Dolan Law Firm’s team of employment attorneys.