Soccer fans in Texas and around the country may have cheered in July when the United States national women's team won their fourth FIFA World Cup, but they may not be aware that the historic match kicked off just a few months after the team filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. In the lawsuit, the women's team alleges that the USSF violated the Equal Pay Act by paying them less than the men's team for performing the same work.
Per the Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963, workers in Texas and other states are to be paid equally for equal work regardless of their gender. However, there is still a gender pay gap that sees women make an average of 82 cents for every $1 a man makes. This is partially because the EPA allows companies to pay employees on a different scale if it is based on seniority or merit.
Texas workers are likely covered under the Equal Pay Act (EPA). It was designed to make sure that individuals were being paid based on their performance and role with a company as opposed to their gender. The EPA in the United States was passed in the 1960s at about the same time as other important legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
For Latina workers in the Houston area, a significant gender pay gap continues to hold women back from their full potential earnings. There are over 11 million Latina workers across the country, but statistics show that they face the highest pay disparity of all female workers. On average, a Latina worker receives 53 cents for every dollar made by a white male worker. The gap holds up for women in full-time employment, who earn around 80 cents for every dollar paid to men also working full time. There are a number of factors that contribute to pay inequality, including over-representation of Latinas in service work jobs with limited access to benefits.
Most workers in Houston are familiar with a pay gap between men and women in the workforce. Many claim that the pay gap has narrowed in recent years, but a new study shows that the gap may be worse than is traditionally thought.
Older workers in Texas may be concerned that they are not receiving a fair shake when it comes to job hunting, negotiating pay or seeking a promotion. Even 51 years after the Age Discrimination in Employment Act passed, workers over the age of 40 continue to face discrimination on the job. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has shown that it is interested in zealously pursuing these cases, and the agency recently settled one case with restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse for $12 million.