Employees Challenge HPE’S Pay Inequity

Two women who worked at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) are challenging the IT giant in court, claiming gender-based pay discrimination.  The two women’s lawsuit is seeking class action status to recover lost wages not only on their own behalf, but also on behalf of all current and former female employees working at HPE in California anytime from 2016 to the present.  We are helping women affected - join the movement and take action.

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Women Speak Out Against Unfair Pay

Recently female employees at Google sounded the alarm on their wage gap, alleging they were paid less than men doing the same jobs. In a similar case, three female Microsoft employees have come forward to hold their employer accountable for gender wage bias.  These are but two examples.  According to Forbes, some of the top 10 industries with the biggest gender pay gaps are:

  • Finance and Insurance

  • Public Administration

  • Professional Services

  • Health Care and Social Assistance

  • Information Technology

  • Retail

  • Management of Companies and Enterprises

  • Utilities

California Takes the Lead in Holding Companies Accountable for Equal Pay

Under California’s Fair Pay Act, which only went into effect on January 1, 2016, employees in California are no longer required to show they were paid less than a member of the opposite sex for “equal” work in the same establishment – they can now make an initial case based on colleagues doing “substantially similar” work, regardless of location. An employee who files a successful civil action under the California Fair Pay Act may recover up to twice as much as the wage difference plus interest.

California continues to strengthen its equal pay laws. As of January 1, 2018, companies are prohibited from seeking salary history information (including compensation and benefits data) from applicants.

What is EEOC?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, is a federal government organization that is responsible for enforcing and upholding laws prohibiting discriminatory acts based on someone’s race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. In the Equal Pay Act of 1963, it lays out the fundamental law that shapes equal employment for both men and women when “performing equal work in the same workplace.” This same law makes it illegal for an employer to retaliate against workers who inquire about equal pay discrimination, filing a charge of discrimination, or participating in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

I’m Getting Paid Less. Now What?

Women are underrepresented at every level in corporate America and you deserve fair pay for equal work. If you believe your employer is paying you less than your male colleagues, the time to act is now.  Please give us a call at 1.888.450.0188 or fill out a free case review form. All information you submit will be kept confidential. It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for speaking with a lawyer or trying to protect your legal rights.

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