Equal Pay Day

April 12, 2011 by staff 

Equal Pay Day, April 12 is the national observance of Equal Pay Day, when women and men recognize the wage gap between them. Office of the U.S. Census in that, on average, women are paid cents for every dollar men. In Missouri, women’s wages even at the height of the national average – only 75 percent of what men earn.

The National Committee on Pay Equity describes four ways to close the gap: First, maintain affirmative action programs in place to ensure that education, employment and promotion opportunities are open to women.
Second, employers must examine and correct their pay practices. Employers can get help in examining their pay practices through equal pay self-audit guidelines from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Third, if an employer cannot show that women and men are paid equally, look elsewhere. Positive signs include the recruitment of processes that seek diversity through affirmative action, written pay and benefit policies. Women are paid less to discuss this with your employer. If a trade union, women can ask for your help. If discrimination persists, employees can file a complaint with the U.S. Committee on Equal Opportunities in Employment.
Fourth, consider federal legislation Wage Law Justice and Fair Pay Act. For employers who continue to pay women less, legal penalties or EEOC action may be the only remedies.
Missouri, Bill, introduced by Rep. Stacey Newman, require equal pay for work of equal value, to establish a state commission to study the wage gap, and require employers to document their salaries.

Happy equal pay. The women had to work, on average, until today to earn as much as men earned in 2010.

What is there to celebrate?

Gender wage inequality puts us behind our male colleagues forever, but please do not think women are only affected by injustice. The National Association of Women & Families has just published a study that said the average pay gap for women in Connecticut and 15,487 a year. If things were equal, says the association, the Connecticut women workers and their families have enough money for things like the 116 weeks of food, seven months of mortgage payments and utilities, 15 months rent and more than, 000 additional gallons of gas

The income of a woman is not just pin money, says a new study by the American Association of University Women. In 2008, the typical married households, women’s wages accounted for percent of total household income, compared to 29 percent in. About a third of working mothers are the sole breadwinners for their families. For them, the gender pay gap is bad living conditions, poor nutrition and reduced circumstances for their children.

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