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Communtity Law Manual | Employment: Conditions & protections | Equal pay: Protection against gender discrimination

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Equal pay: Protection against gender discrimination

It’s illegal to pay women and gender minorities less

Equal Pay Act 1972; Employment Relations Act 2000, s 103(1)(c); Human Rights Act 1993, s 22

Employers can’t pay you less or otherwise give you worse work conditions because of your gender.

If your boss does discriminate against you because of your gender, you have the option of either taking a claim against them to the Employment Relations Authority (see the chapter “Resolving employment problems”), or complaining to the Human Rights Commission (see the chapter “Discrimination”).

“Equal pay” is about women and men getting paid the same pay for the same kind of work. This is different from “pay equity” which means women and men getting paid the same for doing different work of equal value. For more information on “pay equity” see, “Pay equity for women in work: Taking action on unfair pay” in the chapter “Resolving employment problems”.

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