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Susan M. Heathfield

Enter the Paycheck Fairness Act

By February 1, 2013

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The Paycheck Fairness Act, an update on 1963's Equal Pay Act, which made wage discrimination based on the sex of an employee illegal, was introduced by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Democrats. The law, if passed, requires employers to show that any pay disparity between employees is related to performance on the job. The law would prohibit employer retaliation for employees sharing salary information with coworkers.

According to CBSLocal - DC, "Mikulski and DeLauro said the Paycheck Fairness Act would also allow women to seek punitive damages for pay discrimination, establish a grant program to strengthen salary negotiation and other workplace skills and require the Department of Labor to enhance outreach and training efforts to eliminate pay disparities."

Opponents say that the law would hurt economic recovery and job creation, reinforce the idea of women as a victim class who need special government protection, and that the gap in pay, in which women make 77 cents to the dollar vs. men, is a result of women's life choices. US News Debate Club

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February 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm
(1) Male Matters says:

Re: “the gap in pay, in which women make 77 cents to the dollar vs. men, is a result of women’s life choices”

It’s the result of women’s AND men’s choices.

As full-time mothers or homemakers, stay-at-home wives earn zero. How can they afford to do this while in many cases living in luxury? Answer: Because they’re supported by their husband, an “employer” who pays them to stay at home. (Far more wives are supported by a spouse than are husbands.)

The implication of this is probably obvious to most 12-year-olds but seems incomprehensible to or is ignored by feminists and the liberal media: If millions of wives are able to accept NO wages, millions of other wives, whose husbands’ incomes vary, are more often able than husbands to:

-accept low wages
-refuse overtime and promotions
-choose jobs based on interest first, wages second — the reverse of what men tend to do
-take more unpaid days off
-avoid uncomfortable wage-bargaining (http://tinyurl.com/3a5nlay)
-work part-time instead of full-time (“In 2011, 22% of male physicians and 44% of female physicians worked less than full time, up from 7% of men and 29% of women from Cejka’s 2005 survey.” These are some of the most sophisticated, educated women in the country CHOOSING to earn less than their male counterparts in the exact same profession. http://tinyurl.com/7la747z)

Any one of these job choices lowers women’s median pay relative to men’s. And when a wife makes one of the choices, her husband often must take up the slack.

Women are able to make these choices because they are supported — or, if unmarried, anticipate being supported — by a husband who must earn more than if he’d chosen never to marry. (Still, even many men who shun marriage, unlike their female counterparts, feel their self worth is tied to their net worth.) This is how MEN help create the wage gap: as a group they tend more than women to pass up jobs that interest them for ones that pay well.

Much more in “Will the Ledbetter Act Help Women?” at http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/will-the-ledbetter-fair-pay-act-help-women/

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