Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ending wage discrimination

Last April, I posted about the Republican Congress blocking legislation that would make it less difficult to sue an employer for pay discrimination. Rather than being incensed that men and women are sometimes compensated unequally for the same work, their outrageous position was, and remains, that it will lead to frivolous lawsuits. They essentially that argued that discrimination was OK, so long as it was kept a secret for the first six months.

Under the new leadership of the Democrats, Congress passed this legislation yesterday, and Obama is expected to sign it into law this week. In addition, Congress passed a second bill that strengthens current laws against pay discrimination.

It is about time that this has happened. Gender-based pay discrimination continues to exist. Women make an average of $0.78 to men's $1.00. It's hard to find out when such discrimination is taking place, and there are very few avenues of retribution other than the court system. My advice to any business that is worried about being sued: "Don't discriminate."

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