Stop Discrimination and Unequal Pay in the Workplace

Stop Discrimination and Unequal Pay in the Workplace

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Aja Masri started this petition to employers

The Equal Pay Act was created in 1963 and it mandates employers pay workers substantially equal pay for performing the same job regardless of their gender, but it does not only cover salary. It also includes overtime pay, bonuses, and benefits like stock options, profit sharing, life insurance, health insurance, and vacation and holiday pay.

The year 1963 was 57 years ago and still we have yet to stop discrimination and pay gaps. According to data from the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, the average gender pay gap in the United States is around 19.5 percent, meaning that, on average, a woman earns 80.5 cents for every dollar made by her male counterparts. That gap can be larger or smaller depending on the state of residence. When women are paid less because of their gender, it is a form of sex discrimination and is illegal.

With all numbers added up, on average, a male worker earns as much as $10,000 more than a woman annually, and in order for her to be able to catch up to his salary, she must work an extra 45 days or more. After all this time fighting sexism and discrimination, there’s no better time to put a final end to it than right now.

 

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