The definition of “equal pay for equal work” depends on the specific law that applies. For example, the Pay Equity Act of Ontario requires women and men to be paid equally for jobs that are different but of equal value to their employer. On the other hand, the Employment Standards Act requires equal pay for men and women performing a job with substantially the same skill, effort, and level of responsibility in the same establishment.
The Ontario Pay Equity Act covers male and female employees who work in female job classes for companies with a staff of 10 or more in the public and private sectors. Full-time and part-time employees are covered by the Act, including seasonal employees. The Ontario Pay Equity Act, however, does not protect students who work during vacations, federal government employees who work in Ontario, as well as employees who work for industry regulated establishments, including banks, airlines, and post offices. If you want to know the details about your pay equity rights, get in touch with our employment lawyers.