Equal Pay Act

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Chapter 1: The Scenario

The story begins at a local Wal-Mart super center, its Friday, payday. As employees open their paychecks they are awaiting their annual raise. As one employee, Sue opens up her paycheck she finds she has not yet received a raise; she has waited all year for this raise. She is very sad to find she did not receive one, she begins to think maybe she did something wrong. She starts to think back through the year, and can not seem to come up with any solutions as to why she did not receive one. She really felt she worked especially hard that year in hopes to receive a good raise and really felt she deserved to be recognized for it. In the break room she overhears John, her follow co-worker, bragging to their colleague's about his second raise. Now John is making $1.25 more per hour than her even though they both have been working at Wal-Mart for two years. They both have the same job descriptions and titles so there should not be differences in their pay. Sue can not quite understand why he received two when she only received one. She has seen him numerous times being tardy for work or calling in sick. She knows she is a better worker and is more efficient. Sue recently took a human resource class at Buffalo State College and she remembers learning about a law regarding equal pay. She can't seem to recall the specifics, so she is determined to look into it further and fix the problem. Chapter 2

Sue: The Victim

Sue is a 35 year old divorcee and mother of two young children. For the past ten years or so she has been doing similar work in retail that pays mediocre wages and that have given her good benefits. About two years ago Sue got was laid off from her last job. She applied at many different entry-level positions, as she has no other experience. She does not receive a lot of child support from her ex-husband so Sue relies on the income she brings in to support her and her two children. When Wal-Mart called Sue for an interview, she was so relieved and excited about the opportunity. Wal-Mart hired Sue; she was told that she would start above minimum because of her ten years experience in the field. She was also told that all full-time employees, based upon work performance, receive an annual raise of a dollar each year of their employment. Sue also received a 401k plan. Sue was excited, she hoped to slowly work her way up, maybe even into a management position, and perhaps even further over the next years that she would be working at Wal-Mart. She knew she was a dedicated and hard worker, who learned fast and enjoyed her work. The following year, Sue received her annual raise, but it was for only $.75 instead of a dollar, but she was told that all employees received the same because of budget needs. Sue noticed that most of her female coworkers got the $.75 raise but when asked by some of the male workers, they responded they received the whole dollar raise. Sue knew there had to be a good explanation for this. When she approached management, they told her that she would receive her next annual raise of $1.25, to compensate for the 25 cent loss, but that all the employees that were only employed for one year received the same treatment. Sue was happy with her work and loved the people so she trusted upper management with their response. The following year Sue waited for the annual raise, and never received one, but found out that many, or perhaps even all, the male employees received their $1.00 annual raise. Sue was furious. She desperately needs her pay, to help with her children. She does not live in the best part of town and her tiny house she resides in continually has leakage problems that she needs to quickly get fixed, but cannot because of the lack of money she is receiving at her job at Wal-Mart. Sue cannot afford to start all over again at another job with no promises that another company will hire her right away. Sue wants to take action, but it unsure how. So she decides to...
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