Pay discrimination

I work for a municipality that recently
passed an ordinance that changes the
pay for new hires. The problem is that
the new hires are making more than
the seasoned employees for doing the
same job. Is there any legal action that
can be taken?

Asked on March 14, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract/union agreement or unless your differing pay rates are due to some form of legally actionable discrimination, it is legal. Specifically, although some workers are getting a lower pay rate for doing the same job, it is not due to their race, religion, age, disability, national origin, etc. Accordingly, there is no claim regarding preferential treatment and discrimination. Typically, an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit; this is known as "at will" employment.

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