Equal Pay Gap

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“Finally, in our time a beard is the one thing that a woman cannot do better than a man, or if she can her success is assured only in a circus." ― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America. It is recognized that men and women are capable of doing the same jobs with the same amount of effort, but women continually get paid less than their male counterpart. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was signed by John F. Kennedy. The Equal Pay Act was passed with the intentions to give women the same, fair pay as men. Although the Equal Pay Act was passed, the wage gap is still ongoing. This wage gap exists causing single mothers, as well as, families where the women are the primary breadwinners to struggle paying for basic familial needs such …show more content…
Stigmas play a major role when it comes to women asking for pay increases. While a man is viewed as being assertive in asking for a raise the woman is viewed as pushy. Since women are less likely to ask for a pay increase, they are also less likely to receive a pay increases. Women are often penalized for having to take time off to care for their children, since in most cases they are the primary caregiver. Due to a third party monitoring this system, employers will no longer be able to penalize women who take maternity or Family Medical Leave. Pay increases would go up based on evaluations that are done in the system. The system would determine the pay increases for the employee based on what the companies set as their amount for each of their satisfaction ratings. Since most companies are corporately owned, the pay increase amount would be set …show more content…
That is plenty of enough money to invest in improving the EEOC claims process. It will take money to create this system, as programmers would need to be hired. Out of the $364,500 million the EEOC was allotted as their budget, only $2,347 million goes toward staffing. Allotting a sum of ten million more towards staffing would be able to pay for all the programmers the EEOC would need to hire. “The Labor Department reports that software developers made a median salary of $92,660 in 2013” (usnews). That would allow the EEOC to hire one hundred software developers to create and maintain the software system.
Some might argue that it would be impossible for the EEOC to create a software system so large that it would monitor more than a million people, but software systems that large already exist. “The U.S. Customs database is unique in that it requires information on hundreds of thousands of people and objects entering and leaving the United States borders instantaneously (comparebusinessproducts.com).” The EEOC would be able to monitor discrimination cases more

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