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Penalties for Employers

If employers fail to complete their Pay Equity exercise, employees of the company can file a complaint with the Commission de l’équité salariale. The Commission also has the right to start an investigation of its own free will.

Employers can end up paying not only the amount owed in salary adjustments (with interest at the legal rate), but also an additional penalty that could be retroactive to the date when the adjustments were originally due. The bill could become steep for employers who failed to meet their Pay Equity obligations. Interests and additional payments could increase the bill by 8%.