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Lenny,Thank you for your follow-up. This is not necessarily discriminatory. Paying people different wages for similar work is permitted in many instances. It is not permitted, for example, if you are a union-based employee where your employment is based on contract. It is also not permitted if the amount is against state law. Finally, it is not permitted if the reason (or focus) for the policy is discriminatory in nature. For example if the reason is based on your age, gender, race, religion, national origin, or disability if any, then it may well be discriminatory. It may also be inferred to be discriminatory if an employee can show that for example all whites are paid 10%, all Asians are paid 12%, and all Catholics are paid 15% (just to put out some basic concepts). That then could be discriminatory. But otherwise hiring some at one fee and others at another is not illegal since you are ultimately an 'at-will' employee, which mean that you are always free to renegotiate or quit without obligation to find other employment. The type of work you do is not what would make it discriminatory, it is your status or classification. Otherwise the employer is not really violating state law.Good luck.
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