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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Youth at Work

C is Incorrect

It is illegal for the company to correct the problem by lowering Jack’s pay. The company should have increased Jill’s pay so that it is equal to Jack’s pay. The company also should have given Jill back pay to cover the difference between what she was paid and what Jack was paid from the time they started working until the time Jill’s pay was increased to equal Jack’s pay.

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15. Jack and Jill work as cashiers at a local fast food restaurant. They were hired at the same time, have similar work experience, perform the same work duties, and work the same hours. Jill learns that Jack is paid one dollar an hour more than she is paid. When Jill complains to her manager, he lowers Jack’s pay so that it is equal to Jill’s pay. Did the manager discriminate against Jill?

  1. No. Wage differences are illegal only where the difference in pay is substantial. A one dollar hourly wage difference is not a substantial difference.
  2. Yes. The EEOC can sue the company for paying Jack more than it pays Jill, where Jack and Jill perform the same tasks, but only if Jill continues to work at the restaurant until the lawsuit is over.
  3. No. The restaurant has not discriminated against Jill because it immediately fixed the problem when it learned that Jack and Jill were not earning the same wages.
  4. Yes. The EEOC may sue the company for discriminating against Jill by paying her less than Jack.