Fighting for Women's Equality

The Pay Gap is NUTS

We’re proud to partner with NUTrition in spreading the word about the absolutely nuts pay gap between women and men. Equal Rights Advocates has fought for gender justice for over 40 years. Our team of lawyers have fought and won for equal pay in the courtroom and in the legislature, representing women in their pay discrimination cases and working to pass some of the nation’s strongest equal pay laws.

See some of our equal pay wins here. >


The nutty truths:

On average in the US, women make $0.80 compared to the non-Hispanic, White man’s $1. Even nuttier, for many women of color, the gap is substantially worse:

  • African-American/Black Women: $0.61
  • Native American Women: $0.58
  • Latinx Women: $0.53


We’re here to help.

If you think you may have an equal pay issue, use the resources we created for you below to learn more and take action.

In California? California law requires your employer to pay you the same as a co-worker of a different sex, race, or ethnicity who does work that is “substantially similar” to yours—aka work that is very similar to yours. 


Outside of California? Federal law requires employers to pay you the same as a co-worker of a different sex who works in the same establishment and does work that is “substantially similar” to yours. Discrimination based on a person’s race, color, religion, sex or national origin is illegal, including discrimination regarding “compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.”

Check out our toolkit for details on the federal laws that protect you from pay discrimination. The section on “What an Employee Can Do if She is Experiencing Pay Discrimination” starts on page 17.



Ready for free legal advice?

Our Legal Professionals offer free legal advice and counseling related to the following problems only:

Problems at work:

  • gender pay discrimination

Problems at school:

  • sexual violence
  • gender-based harassment
  • gender discrimination

If your problem is related to one of the issues listed above, please fill out the online Legal Advice & Counseling Inquiry Form below. Someone from our office will respond via email within 2 business days. You will not receive an email if your issue is outside our legal practice area, or if you do not provide all the information requested.

CLICK HERE to open the Legal Advice & Counseling Inquiry Form >

Important note: We cannot help with emergencies. If you are experiencing a time-sensitive issue, we will get back to you as soon as possible. However, depending on volume, appointments may not be available for between one to three weeks. If you have an upcoming deadline, you may not want to wait for an appointment with us before taking action. The primary goal of this service is to provide information and advice. There is no guarantee of legal representation.

Filling out the online inquiry form is the best way to ensure the quickest possible response from ERA. However, if you’re unable to complete the form, you may leave a voicemail at 1.800.839.4372. It may take us longer to respond to voicemail requests.

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