Establishing equal pay for equal work

Equal pay for equal work is one of the European Union’s founding principles. In line with EU law, people who have suffered pay discrimination can take legal action without fear of retaliation from their employer. 

EU countries must end all discrimination from their national rules and laws. The EU monitors the correct application and enforcement of EU law on equal pay in EU countries and supports them to properly implement existing rules.

In a 2014 recommendation the European Commission set out to strengthen the principle of equal pay between men and women, aiming to assist EU countries to find the right approach to ending pay discrimination and the gender pay gap.