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Hello. I work for a large communications company in Michigan.  I have found out that i get paid substantially less than other people in the company with the same job title, duties, responsibilities, and experience based solely on where I live. I live in Marquette in the upper penninsula and the company says that the cost of living up here is less than it is down state and is the reason for the difference in pay.  But Marquette has the highest gas prices in the state and rent is just as much as places down state.  I just dont get how they justify a lower cost of living.  I feel like i am getting discriminated based on where i live and am just wondering if its legal for them to do so. Thank you for your time.

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Hello Dave,

Remember my response is intended for educational and informational purposes only. I'm not an attorney nor is this response legal advice. If you need legal advice always contact a qualified attorney. Please review my specific disclaimer;

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To my knowledge unequal pay has been predominately associated with female employees.
If it were me in your situation I'd seek to uncover if the "Unequal pay based on where you live" was not simply a pretext for some discrimination in violation of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963.

Your statement, "...i get paid substantially less than other people in the company with the same job title, duties, responsibilities, and experience..." is a HUGE red flag.

For example, I'd want these questions answered...

My age versus similarly situation co-workers
My ethnicity versus similarly situation co-workers
My physical or mental disabilities versus similarly situation co-workers
My religion versus similarly situation co-workers
My national origin versus similarly situation co-workers

The answer to these questions may uncover the "true" reason for the ""Unequal pay based on where you live"

This page may be helpful too...
http://www.you-can-learn-basic-employee-rights.com/proving-discrimination.html

Regards,
Yancey

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General employee rights relating to ADAAA,FMLA,Employee Performance Reviews,Sexual Harassment,Workplace Discrimination,Job Interviews,Workplace Violence,Workplace Privacy,wrongful termination,drug tests Non Answers COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act),USERRA,OSHA,Workers' Compensation,Federal Unemployment Tax Act,Equal Pay Act,The Wagner Act,EEOC,NLRB

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