Last Tuesday was Equal Pay Day: a time when Americans acknowledge that the wage gap hasn't really budged for two decades, get depressed, come up with brilliant theories about why, get inspired, and then move on with the rest of the year -- another year adding up to a lifetime when the average college-educated... Read More »
For many Americans this year, the very concept of a federal holiday for Labor Day might seem like a cruel joke. Labor Day is supposed to be a break from the grind, a time to celebrate workers, but considering the high unemployment rate, many jobless Americans would probably prefer to be working instead. But... Read More »
On Tuesday, Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Fairness Paycheck Act. Democrats argued that the bill would finally allow women to fairly fight unequal pay in court. Republicans countered that it would unfairly burden employers.
And it all got messy and political in that "war on women" way.
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Belgium copied the U.S. when it started its Equal Pay Day a few years ago. Over here, lawmakers and advocates spend the holiday quoting stern statistics about the gender wage gap and proposing legislative fixes. But Belgium's approach is a little bit different. This year, the group Equal Pay Day produced a... Read More »
Last week, Western Sugar Cooperative in Denver agreed to pay $550,000 to settle a claim that it discriminated against its female employees.
As reported by The Associated Press, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission said that the sugar processor denied women training, promotions and year-round... Read More »
Equal Pay is on the way.
If by "on the way," you accept 2109. That's the year analysts with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) expect pay disparity will disappear between the genders. The number was calculated based on the current pace of change. The year 2109 was the expected date for top levels of... Read More »
President Obama says he's fed up with salary sexism, and he's going to do all he can to stop it, including trying to pass legislation that would make wage discrimination against women illegal. Specifically, he's fighting for reforms in the Paycheck Fairness Act, which didn't get sufficient support to pass in... Read More »
Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, reports CBS News. The vote was 58-41, and 60 were needed to bypass the GOP.
That means that women will still have to wait for a level playing field in how they are paid. Ironically, it could also mean bad news for Republicans who oppose using... Read More »