Pay discrimination – watch out!

Today the Times of Malta reported on what the equality watchdog found in a particular company. It found that one woman was paid thousands less than male co-workers. The woman in question was earning around €6,000 less a year.  The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) investigated the complaint raised and found that the situation was discriminatory.

​By virtue of Chapter 456 of the Laws of Malta – Equality for Men and Women Act, NCPE safeguards equality on the grounds of gender and family responsibilities, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, racial or ethnic origin, and gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics in employment, education as well as in banks and financial institutions. In particular, according to this legislation, the functions of NCPE are various and this includes their function to carry out general investigations with a view to determine whether the provisions of this Act are being complied with and to investigate complaints of a more particular or individual character to determine whether the provisions of this Act are being contravened with respect to the complainant and, where deemed appropriate, to mediate with regard to such complaints.

It is also important to remember that The Employment and Industrial Relations Act regulates the equal pay for equal work provision and requires that employees in the same class of employment are entitled to same rate of remuneration for work of equal value. Hence in Malta the equal pay for equal work goes beyond gender wage gaps.