Thursday, September 11, 2014


Nothing is fair in this world. You might as well get that straight right now
Sue Monk Kidd

Sounds reasonable.  Pay men & women equally?  Isn’t there and equal pay act and a civil rights act already?  It’s more complicated though.  You can look at the background HERE.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012, women who worked full time earned, on average, only 77 cents for every dollar men earned. The figures are even worse for women of color. African American women earned only approximately 64 cents and Latinas only 54 cents for each dollar earned by a white male.

The Paycheck Fairness Act will help secure equal pay for equal work for all Americans. The bill would update the Equal Pay Act of 1963, a law that has not been able to achieve its promise of closing the wage gap because of limited enforcement tools and inadequate remedies. The Paycheck Fairness Act would make critical changes to the law, including:

  • requiring employers to demonstrate that wage differentials are based on factors other than sex;
  • prohibiting retaliation against workers who inquire about their employers’ wage practices or disclose their own wages;
  • permitting reasonable comparisons between employees within clearly defined geographical areas to determine fair wages;
  • strengthening penalties for equal pay violations;
  • directing the Department of Labor to assist employers and collect wage-related data; and
  • authorizing additional training for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission staff to better identify and handle wage disputes.

The time has come to make equal pay a reality. During this climate of unprecedented economic uncertainty, nothing could be more important than ensuring that all workers receive equal pay for equal work.

In case of dissension, never dare to judge till you've heard the other side.

Sounds reasonable…And the other side:


The world isn't fair, Calvin.
I know Dad, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?
Bill Watterson,

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