Wednesday, June 16, 2010

On 47th Anniversary, the Equal Pay Act Must Finally Live Up to its Name

The Huffington Post
Linda Meric
Executive Director of 9to5,
National Association of Working Women
Posted: June 10, 2010 12:00 PM

Imagine for a moment that you work in a department with three employees: one African-American, one Caucasian and one Latina. One day, someone new is hired.
Imagine discovering that this new hire is to be paid much more than any of you; even more than the Latina, who has been employed there for 14 years. Imagine your outrage; especially since the only difference is that all of you are women -- and the new hire is a man.
This story, from a Denver woman who now works in the financial industry, might be shocking to those of us who believe in equity and fairness, but it's not unique.
All over this country, similar stories play out, most anonymous and a few now famous -- like that of Lilly Ledbetter, who worked 20 years at a Goodyear plant in Alabama before learning that the men who performed the same job as she had been earning more all along.
It's time that pay discrimination end and the pay gap close in this country -- and there is something we all can do about it right now! Push the U.S. Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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