Jennifer Lawrence Brings Attention to Equal Pay

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.
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