Essay on Gender Discrimination : The Equal Pay Act Of 2009

1078 Words Apr 27th, 2016 null Page
Gender discrimination is not an issue that can be ended instantly. The war against it has been fought in countless battles that take the shape of court cases, executive orders, and legislation. One branch of gender discrimination is the wage gap in the workplace. However, America’s countless attempts to prevent it all appear to be in vain. Through the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, and other significant pieces of legislation, it would seem that women may be paid equally for equal work sometime in the near future. Because of government negligence, however, employers need not look far and they will find loopholes in legislation.
On June 10, 2963, John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, making it one of the first anti-discrimination laws to address wage gaps. The intention was to provide equal pay for men and women working the same job. The law states that employers may not discriminate between men and women who perform “ equal work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions”. The statistics at the time showed that the typical, full time working woman made about fifty-nine cents to every dollar her male counterpart made. A very gradual increase in that amount has taken place since the bill was signed into a law. The increase was so gradual, in fact, that it would sometimes stay the same or dip back down again. Currently in the United States,…

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