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In employment law, there is no requirement to pay equally among employees based on job title. So, the fact that you were not making as much as others, alone, is not an illegal action. You'd need some evidence showing that the employer made the decision to pay you less based on your race, religion, gender, age (over 40) or disability.
Even if you could show that, you have an additional problem here. You were terminated for violating company policy. Yes, I know this was based on your feeling that you were facing an injustice and it may certainly be morally justified, but legally it is not. I had a case where a deaf person was being absolutely discriminated against for being deaf. He, understandably, responded in rage and the court held that his rage acted as an intervening cause which justified his termination. He was only able to prove discrimination within the workplace, but not wrongful termination, and it severely hindered his claim. This concept of intervening cause is federal law, so it will apply in your case too.
So, if you believe you have evidence to show discrimination in your pay, you could get some back pay, but your termination will be considered legal based on the intervening cause of your outburst.
If you want to file that potential discrimination claim, contact the EEOC in your state. However, if you can't allege discrimination based on one of the factors I mentioned, you won't have a claim. It is not illegal to generally treat people differently...just based on those specific factors.
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