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I am a licensed mental health counselor (LPC) in the state of Louisiana. I work for General Health Systems (a huge healthcare provider in the states of Louisiana and Texas). I have been frustrated for quite some time because of wage differences in LPC's (Licensed Professional Counselors) and BCSW's (Board Certified Social Workers).

Although my educational experience and credentials (and those of most other LPC's) exceed the licensing standards of BCSW's, I (and many others in my company) are paid several dollars less per hour for performing identical job duties to those of BCSW's in my company. Approximately one year ago, I, a colleague, and my supervisor met with the General Health System Human Resource Director to present our credentials and request parity of pay. We were given lip service only, and later were labled as troublemakers for attempting to assert our rights.

I like my job but am becoming increasingly discouraged and resentful of the wage disparity described above. My new supervisor has recently requested a raise for me, but I doubt seriously anything will change. Is there any course of action that can be taken, short of contacting a lawyer?

Thanks for giving this letter your time and attention. Sincerely, KMH

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