Where We Live: Gender Wage Gap and Paycheck Fairness Act

Sex-based discrimination in Connecticut and around the Country

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Where We Live: Gender Wage Gap in CT
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Where We Live: Gender Wage Gap in CT

The Paycheck Fairness Act would have taken on the wage disparities between male and female workers.  But last week, it was killed by Senate Republicans. 

The bill was championed by Congresswoman, Rosa DeLauro - and would have closed loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963.  Proponents say it would have made huge strides towards workplace equity for women. 

The reality of a wage gap is not in dispute.  Women make about 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. But opponents of the bill said it would have been bad for business – and opened up the floodgates for pay equity lawsuits.

The news comes amidst other recent reports showing that the Gender wage gap in CT is 5% higher than the nation’s.  

Today we’re look at pay equity – why is it higher in our state and do we need government intervention to prevent gender discrimination? 


  

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Thanks to the terrific Where We Live staff for the show. I've posted links to some of the source materials we talked about on the show here for the listeners to get more information. http://bit.ly/bIDUdK