Friday, April 18, 2008

Blog for Fair Pay Day!

White Men - $1.00/1.00


White Women - $.77/1.00


African-American Women - $.63/.100


Latinas - $.52/1.00


Still think we live in an equal society, one governed entirely by our own actions?

Our society dictates that it's impolite to talk about each other's salaries, so often this gap goes by unnoticed. The Supreme Court limited the amount of passed time one was able to sue about their salary to the first experience of discrimination. So if you're being payed unfairly and you don't realize it within 180 days, you're screwed. (And as is becoming increasingly familiar - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg writes a dissent saying "WTF.") Write to your senator here to support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that reverses the previous decision.

And just a reminder - The Equal Pay Act says this:

(d) (1) No employer having employees subject to any provisions of this
section shall discriminate, within any establishment in which such employees are
employed, between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in
such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to
employees of the opposite sex in such establishment for equal work on jobs the
performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which
are performed under similar working conditions.

**I don't have the statistics in front of me, but if I remember correctly, Asian women are either slightly higher than white women or slightly lower. If anyone has solid data, post it in the comments.


Amelia said...

Awesome post with great visuals! ha! I am still thinking about what my post is going to be about this topic...hmm...

OutcrazyOphelia said...

I've got a link to the evidence from Census 2000 regarding earnings by detailed occupation by men and women. It doesn't split race and ethnicity into gender so it doesn't really answer your question but it is sort of interesting.

Ojibway Migisi Bineshii said...

Thanks for blogging today! Nice to read your post! Such an important day!