Let’s say you are starting a new company which has ten different jobs. You hire ten employees in each job for 100 total employees. You start each person in each job category at the same rate and let’s say 50% of employees are women.
All men and women in job A earn say $20 an hour and all men and women in job B earn $30 an hour as an example.
Now it is five years later, some employees have left and you have hired replacements at salaries commensurate with their past experience and accomplishments and the competitive salaries in the market.
In addition, in the last five years performance among employees has varied, some good, some great, some not so good. Some women make more than men in the same job and vice versa.
Nevertheless, you decide to look at the big picture. You find that on average the women who still equal 50% of the workforce earn 85% of what the men earn. What happened?
Is this discrimination? Is this a reflection of many of the factors I have mentioned? Should every person doing the same job be making the same pay regardless of any other factors? What if the analysis showed that men earned 85% of what women earn? What if the turnover was much higher among the women?
Listening to the rhetoric from the left shouting about women earning 78% of what men earn you must conclude the employer consciously, over five years, decided to pay women less. I hope I demonstrated it is not that simple, nor are there many employers that knowingly violate existing laws and simply pay women less because they want to.
Using the average of pay for men and women to make a claim of unfairness for the entire population is nothing but a red herring. It’s akin to claiming opposition to free contraception is a war on women.
When there is clear discrimination there are laws to deal with that and they should be enforced and appropriate penalties applied. What politicians are doing is misleading and reprehensible and designed only to benefit them. If pay discrimination is as wide-spread as they make it appear we need to ask why the scores of federal and state laws on the books are not being enforced.
January 29, 2016
On January 29th, 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law — and that was a step forward. Now, it’s easier for those who get paid less because of their gender to seek justice. But this fight is far from over.
It’s 2016, not 1950. Let’s get real about things — paying women less for doing the same job men do is just not acceptable. And I don’t want future generations of women to have to keep fighting this battle over and over again. We’ve got to make this right, once and for all. To do that, we’ve got to elect Democrats.
I’m glad you’re with me on this.
All the best,
Amy K. Dacey
Chief Executive Officer
Democratic National Committee
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