Jennifer Lawrence Brings Attention to Equal Pay
Posted on November 14, 2015 by Eugene Hollander
Tagged: equal pay
, gender discrimination
, Jennifer Lawrence
Actress Jennifer Lawrence has been particularly vocal lately, speaking out on the pay disparity between actors and actresses. Her complaint is nothing new, as there generally is a wage gap between men and women. If a woman is being paid less than a man in the same position, she has a claim under federal law, pursuant to the Equal Pay Act. The Equal Pay Act allows a plaintiff to reach back two years to recover the wage differential, and three years if it is willful
. Additionally, an aggrieved party may be able to recover liquidated damages, which is twice the amount of the wage differential. Liquidated damages are presumed under the law. Further, a plaintiff may recover attorney's fees if she is successful at trial.