The Pardu

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GOP Again Trounces on Equal Pay (For Women)

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill signed by President Obama after he was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America. 

After working well over 40 years in Human Resources management, I can attest to women and minorities are generally paid less than their white male coworkers. While the pay practices may not show in employee to employee pay reviews, rest assured data will validate as follows. The Society For Human Resources Management (SHRM) published related concise and thorough piece in June 2013. 

The NPR chart is precise in illustrating across the board pay inequity regardless of race, ethnicity and in aggregate ("Total").

Of course, the unfair and unequal pay practice may result for unintentional administration of compensation policy, but I suggest the inequality is far more nefarious. Yes, the good old boys network is alive and well with daily exercise of unfair hiring practices, less promotions for some employees, and unfair/ inequitable compensation practices.  

Regardless of pay inequity reasons, corporations have fostered and maintained pay practice policies that since the beginning of the "pay-check" has prohibited employees from discussing their pay. Lily Ledbetter work for am employee for the great portion of her working life. Her dedication to her employer and customers resulted in promotion to the level of lower (first level) management. It is safe to assume she was far beyond ab average to below average employee. 

The essence of Ms. Ledbetters grievance with her employer was based on a "note" left for her from (implied via her lawsuits) a male co-worker with an indication he knew he was paid at a higher rate of pay. Her legal battles also included documentation she received performance evaluation comparable to her male coworkers and she was free of any corrective action that could have led to a lower level of pay. In other and much more direct words, "she was an equal regarding her employment with only a difference in gender."

For many years adherence to the "do not discuss pay" policy provided opportunity and platform for the very pay discrimination levied against Ms Ledbetter. If you know pay practices and employer benefits, you know Ms Ledbetter not only suffered less payday-to-payday earnings, her total compensation related to retirement, 401K Plan (matching dollars). She probably was out of millions as she worked towards retirement.

Throughout pay history the GOP has proven not a friend of equal pay for equal work. The US Senate via "lock-step" ideology and votes has blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act on three previous occasions. Yesterday was the third successful obstruction.

If you need validation of the pure subterfuge and malfeasance from the GOP take a look at a tweet from the Republican National Committee (RNC) from early September.

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This , the White House & Democrats believe paying women less than men is an acceptable practice.

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