Jana R. Barnett, Esq
(610) 478-1860


Attorney Jana R. Barnett represents clients who were paid less than employees of the opposite sex for equal work. Both federal and state law prohibit paying employees of one sex less than the rate paid to employees of the opposite sex for jobs requiring equal skill, effort and responsibilities, and which are performed under equal conditions. The federal law is called the Equal Pay Act, and the corresponding Pennsylvania law is called the Equal Pay Law.

If an employee of one sex replaces an employee of the opposite sex, but receives lower wages, the employer should be able to justify the difference. Legal reasons include seniority systems, merit systems, and systems measuring earnings by quantity or quality of production. It is not legal to differentiate based on sex.

When differences in pay are because of the employee’s sex, the person who receives the lower wages may also have a claim of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

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If you would like to speak with Attorney Jana R. Barnett about an equal pay claim, and learn how she can assist you, call her at 610-478-1860, or click here to send her an e-mail, and she will reply as quickly as possible.